7:32 P.M. The Affluenza Defence ?!!! …

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There is a long history of the rich and privileged getting off easy after committing a crime … And now it has a name : ‘ affluenza ‘ …

And a poster boy : Ethan Couch ..

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In June of 2013 , 16-year-old Couch was driving with a blood-alcohol level THREE TIMES above the legal limit on a two-lane highway near Fort Worth , Texas at night … He struck and killed four pedestrians and injured several others , including passengers in his pick-up truck … The prosecution demanded a minimum of 20 years in jail …

Couch received a short stint in a $450,000 per year California rehab centre … Paid for by his parents … And 10 years of probation …

Couch’s defense team kept him out of jail after invoking an ‘ affluenza ‘ defence , arguing the teen has psychological problems stemming from his family’s wealth and wasn’t responsible for his actions …

‘ Affluenza ‘ is not a condition recognized by The American Psychiatric Association , and despite sounding like one is neither a physical affliction , nor a widely recognized legal defense … But it is a recognized term … The Merriam Webster dictionary defines it as : a ) Feelings of guilt , lack of motivation , and social isolation experienced by wealthy people … b ) extreme materialism and consumerism associated with the pursuit of wealth and success and resulting in a life of chronic dissatisfaction , debt , overwork , stress , and impaired relationships …

The psychologist for the defense , Gary Miller , testified that ‘ Couch’s parents gave him freedoms no young person should have and therefore never learned his actions had consequences ‘ … Miller backed this up by relating an incident when , after being caught by police in a pickup truck with a naked 14-year-old girl , Couch was never punished … In other words , lack of appropriate consequences for his past behaviour was why he should be granted no appropriate consequences for his current behaviour !!! …

MORBNOTE ; ONLY a lawyer could say that statement and keep a serious expression on his/her face !!! … AHHH !!! The power of money !!! …

So in essence because he was never told ‘ no ‘ by his parents , he was too spoiled to know right from wrong … Too rich for jail …

The legal tactic drew widespread criticism from the legal community and outrage from Couch’s victims … 

Speaking with CTV News , Toronto criminal defence lawyer Ari Goldkind says Couch is in a lot of trouble , especially after receiving what he says many people justifiably considered a slap on the wrist …

‘ We don’t seem to value the loss of life when it’s caused by people drinking and driving ‘ says Goldkind … ‘ He robbed four people of their life … And just as importantly , he injured numerous people with his car , including one man with brain damage , now confined to a wheelchair ‘ …

Couch’s lawyers say they won’t comment on the case until they speak to the client which likely won’t happen before he is returned to the United States … What is clear is that it’s unlikely that the ‘ affluenza ‘ defence is going to work a second time … Goldkind believes Couch is headed for what he calls ‘ big boy jail ’ if prosecutors can prove he violated his probation …

‘ He’s on a six-second video where people are playing ‘ beer pong ’ and it’s not clear if he’s drinking ‘  says Goldkind ‘ So why he would evade a warrant , flee Texas and dye his hair ? It makes no sense to me … And it was completely avoidable if he would have had respect for the court process ‘ …

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Source: The Affluenza Defence: It worked once, will it work again? | CTV News

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