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Old 12-11-2013, 12:45 PM  
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Bad Case of Affluenza in Texas

I'm sure his private treatment for $450,000 will cure his penchant for getting drunk and killing peasants...

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A 16-year-old avoided spending time in prison for killing four people in a car accident in June after the judge bought his lawyers' argument that he was the victim of wealth.

CBSDFW reports that Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years probation for the drunk driving crash that ended the lives of youth pastor, Brian Jennings; Hollie and Shelby Boyles; and Breanna Mitchell.

Prosecutors asked that Couch serve 20 years in prison. His blood alcohol level was .24, three times the legal limit for an adult.

Psychologist G. Dick Miller testified for the defense that Couch suffered from "affluenza," a condition in which "his family felt that wealth bought privilege and there was no rational link between behavior and consequences," KHOU reported.

Miller said Couch's parents never punished him for his behavior, even when, in a separate incident, cops found him passed out in a car with a naked 14-year-old girl.

As part of his sentence, Couch will be sent to a private counseling center that costs $450,000, which will be paid for by his father.

Money and privilege has helped defendants avoid serious prison time for violent crimes before.

In a particularly clear example, cited by journalist Glenn Greenwald, hedge fund manager Martin Joel Erzinger served just 90 days in jail after driving the car that seriously injured a bicyclist and fled the scene of the accident in 2010.

The district attorney in the case charged Erzlinger with two misdemeanors instead of a felony, noting that "felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger's profession."
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:49 PM   #3
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:56 PM   #7
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:57 PM   #8
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Psychologist G. Dick Miller testified for the defense that Couch suffered from "affluenza," a condition in which "his family felt that wealth bought privilege and there was no rational link between behavior and consequences," KHOU reported.
Isn’t that kinda what prison is for, establishing this link?
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:01 PM   #9
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:44 PM   #13
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:46 PM   #14
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Oh it's real. Straight from the suburbs of DFW.

Kid is from Keller, TX. Wreck happened in Arlington or Mansfield IIRC.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:01 PM   #15
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This verdict pisses me off though. My wife is interning at the mental health portion of the juvenile justice program, and there are kids who have much less culpability for some of the things they're caught up in and have gotten much longer sentences (they were neither rich nor white).

One instance in particular, there was a kid that was part of a robbery (he was 12-13 at the time). It was a pretty violent takeover type robbery of a halloween party (it was news down here). The kid was coerced to go by an older cousin and his friend. The kid stayed in the car during the robbery. That kid received a 15 year sentence despite showing remorse, doing everything that was asked of him between his trial and arrest (school wise, counseling and behavior in juvenile detention), and testifying against the other individuals.

I could list a half dozen other instances that have doomed those kids to being lifetime criminals instead of being rehabilitated when they were young enough to be rehabilitated. The Texas justice is hugely biased against those without money.
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