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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, 07:19 PM   #31
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The kid is gonna get hammered in the civil suit though. He can pretty much kiss any inheritance good bye cause the civil suit will take it.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:21 PM   #32
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The kid is gonna get hammered in the civil suit though. He can pretty much kiss any inheritance good bye cause the civil suit will take it.
Doubtful. Nicole Simpson's family begs to differ.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:50 PM   #33
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Ladies and Gentlemen--This is the world that we live in.

No one will be held accountable for their actions and it will always be someone elses fault.

I see it every day. 8 hours a day.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:56 PM   #34
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Ladies and Gentlemen--This is the world that we live in.

No one will be held accountable for their actions and it will always be someone elses fault.

I see it every day. 8 hours a day.
Rich or poor...
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:10 PM   #35
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:18 AM   #36
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Ladies and Gentlemen--This is the world that we live in.

No one will be held accountable for their actions and it will always be someone elses fault.

I see it every day. 8 hours a day.
The US prison system, which is chock full of poor people, beg to differ.

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The family had to have shopped for a psychologist who would say what they wanted because that guy doesn't work for the juvenile detention center.
Their (probably top notch, very highly compensated) lawyer found the expert. That's what good lawyers do.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:07 PM   #37
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The Affluenza Defense: Brilliant Lawyering
By William Peacock, Esq. on December 13, 2013 11:55 AM

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A drunk 16-year-old, with two people riding in his truck bed, slammed into three people who had stopped to help a stranded motorist. Those four people died (the stranded motorist & 3 helpers)…

3 hours after the accident, the kid's blood alcohol content was 0.24, three times the limit for someone of legal drinking age, an age he won't reach for five more years…

His punishment? Ten years of probation, and treatment at a $450,000 per year rehabilitation facility in Newport Beach, California.

Affluenza Defense: Because Twinkies are for Poor People
Let's all take a moment, and set aside any feelings we have on the justness of the sentence, and appreciate the work of the attorneys here. Seriously, it takes major, major fortitude to push a defense that no one has ever tried before, and even more fortitude to try a my client is so rich that he suffers from spoiled brat syndrome defense.

A psychologist who could testify with a straight face that the defendant suffered from affulenza, a made-up word that means that the child was raised with everything, including way too much money and privilege, and with no boundaries whatsoever.



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Old 12-13-2013, 08:11 PM   #38
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:29 PM   #39
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The US prison system, which is chock full of poor people who committed crimes, got caught and were found guilty, beg to differ.



Their (probably top notch, very highly compensated) lawyer found the expert. That's what good lawyers do.
FYP. Do the crime, do the time.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:34 PM   #40
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FYP. Do the crime, do the time.
Unless you're rich then you pay a high priced attorney to find a high priced morally bankrupt psychologist to create a disease and capable of convincing a judge that it is real so that the offender can get off.

That being said, this kid was 16 and wasn't likely to be tried as an adult anyway. They would have thrown him in juvie for a couple of years and it would have been wiped anyhow.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:44 PM   #41
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Its always the rich who get these clowns locked up and all the rich get off. Been this way forever. The man has his foot on the throat of the little guy. Time to give it back to the man.

Seems like the issue was a judge bought this line of shit….you blame the parents, their finances, and the world. Blame where blame fits. The Judge made the ruling.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:51 PM   #42
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I don't care what anyone "suffers" from, they need to go to prison.


Why can't a poor person use the "I'm poor" defense?
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:59 PM   #43
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:59 PM   #44
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Like I said, the kid and his parents are going to get hammered in the civil suit. The criminal verdict will just piss the civil jury off.
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Like I said, the kid and his parents are going to get hammered in the civil suit. The criminal verdict will just piss the civil jury off.
End result….2 lawyers will get rich. Court will get paid fees. 12 saps have to sit through it and decide $$…..2 lawyers will get richer on appeal. Plaintiffs loved ones are still dead. They won't end up getting shit

Its such a great system
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