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Diatribe: Tonya Couch, A “Woman With Means”, Is Unhappy With Her Jail Cell.


Tonya CouchOnly once in my lifetime have I checked into a motel room where I just could not bring myself to stay. I had reserved a room overlooking a mountainside stream in a popular tourist destination in the mountains. When I arrived at the motel and the clerk gave me a key, it was for a room in the motel’s “other building” which appeared to be a much older structure and did not have a particularly remarkable view. In fact, the room was pretty gross.

Feeling like I’d stepped onto the set of a Hitchcock thriller, and not wanting to make a federal case out of the disappointment I was feeling, I tried my best to make the best of it. But I simply could not bring myself to spend the night in that room. It had a dampness to it, and a musty smell, as if it had been shut tight for ages. After finding another, more expensive, room at a nearby motel the key to the disappointing accommodation was returned. It had been determined that paying for two rooms in order to not sleep in one of them was money well spent.

People are often disappointed by the lodging encountered as they travel. But rarely are they self-described women “with means” who are annoyed by the conditions of a jail cell after once finally detained after fleeing the country with her fugitive teenage son.

“She expressed a slight displeasure about her accommodations, and I told her this was a jail and not a resort.” – Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson.

Yesterday, Tarrant County, Texas, Sheriff Dee Anderson said at a news conference that Tonya Couch … bless her heart … the “woman with means” who was arrested at the Mexican beach resort city of Puerto Vallarta with her son, Ethan, who invoked “affluenza” as a defense after killing four people in a drunk driving crash … complained about the conditions of her jail cell.

Tonya Couch appears in court in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. (Rodger Mallison/Star-Telegram via AP, Pool)

Tonya Couch made her first appearance in a Texas courtroom yesterday on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon. She did not enter a plea because her attorney was not present for the arraignment. Her bond was set at one million dollars. When a motion was later filed asking for the bond to be reduced, the judge opposed, stating Couch is “a woman with means who can get out of the country with the right connections.” Clearly a flight risk, I think she should remain behind bars.

Her son is still being held at an immigration detention center in Mexico City after winning a delay in deportation, so his case could linger on for months. That should give her time to grow accustomed to her unpleasant accommodations.


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  1. I think she suffers from “affluenza” too. Poor dear.


  2. The only word that comes to mind is “bummer.”


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