The Affluenza Defense

Ethan Couch is 16-years-old and comes from a wealthy Texas family. He was also convicted of vehicular manslaughter after driving drunk and killing four people.

However, instead of being sentenced to prison for a term of 2-20 years, he’ll receive ten years of probation because his defense attorney argued he suffers from “affluenza” and the judge was dumb enough to agree.

Couch suffers from “affluenza,” according to his lawyers, a term which means that his wealthy parents pretty much let him get away with everything. The defense saved him from a 20-year sentence; State District Judge Jean Boyd bought it at his sentencing on Tuesday and gave Couch probation instead.

“He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way,” Gary Miller, a psychologist assigned to Couch said in court. “He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no young man would be able to handle.”

The defense said this led to a rash of irresponsible behavior on the night of June 15 and ended in tragedy.

And what exactly was he too rich to not understand was wrong? He stole a bunch of beer from Walmart with his buddies, got intoxicated to three times the legal limit, hopped in his Ford F-150 truck, lost control and then ran over a woman whose car broke down on the side of the road. He killed the woman, two people who came to help her, and a passerby who stopped to help as well. To cap it off his two friends were seriously injured — one cannot move or talk.

Just imagine a black kid trying to get away with the defense that he was too poor to not know right from wrong because his single mother worked two jobs and didn’t have the time to teach him right from wrong. Despicable on every level.

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