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Drunk rich kid kills four in car crash, avoids jail time BECAUSE HE'S RICH

Nice to see how impunity works out for some people:

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?

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Submitted by Hugh on

While the kid shows potential, he's really just a piker compared to his class which kills tens of thousands each year by blocking Medicare for All and engaging in various wars around the globe, not to mention the tens of millions whose lives they have destroyed through loss of jobs, homes, retirements,and hope, and the hundreds of millions they loot and steal from on a regular basis. Clearly, he has a lot to learn. Kill more, steal more, and above all else, blame the victims. But he's young so there's hope for him to grow into the psychopath we know is inside him.

Kudos to the judge too for so ably defending the interests of the rich.

Submitted by lambert on

... who invented the term "affluenza":

I don’t believe going to the penitentiary was the best thing for him or the State of Texas,” Dr. Dick Miller told Anderson Cooper in an interview Thursday night.

“I believe there’s an 80% chance with this program…that this kid will become a fully functional citizen, who pays taxes and who doesn’t take from the community,” Miller said. “If he goes to the jail…he’s got a 10% chance or a 20% chance.”

Affluenza is defined as a psychological malaise that affects young people who may come from families with money. These individuals may have the feeling of guilt, lack of motivation or a sense of isolation. The teen also grew up in a house where parents were preoccupied with arguments with each other that led to a divorce.

But why isn't that true of the poor as well unrich are not.