Drunk rich kid kills four in car crash, avoids jail time BECAUSE HE'S RICH
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 in a Fort Worth, Tex. juvenile court 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.
Dear Lord. "Affluenza."
The logic: We can't hold the rich to account from crimes because they're socipaths, and hence not responsible for their actions through diminished capacity.
So, no such thing as Poverty-enza, or Black-enza? They'd have to let a lot of people out of jail, if so.
NOTE OK, accept the argument: The rich have diminished capacity because they're rich. Isn't that a powerful moral plea for flattening the income curve radically?