Texas Teenager Ethan Couch Wins Drunk Driving Case By Arguing He Was ‘Too Wealthy For Prison’ [Videos]
Ethan Couch, a 16 year old teenager from Texas killed 4 people in a drunk driving accident, but the judge only gave him 10 years probation due to "Affluenza". What is Affluenza? Apparently it'a a condition that makes you too rich to understand that your actions have consequences. I wish I was making this up, but unfortunately I'm not.
Psychologists argued he’s suffering from “affluenza,” and therefore can't really be held responsible for his actions. You see, it's not HIS fault, it's his parents fault because of their wealth, Eathan was given opportunities no young person could understand.
From CNN -
[Psychologist Dr. G. Dick ] Miller said Couch’s parents gave him “freedoms no young person should have.” He called Couch a product of “affluenza,” where his family felt that wealth bought privilege and there was no rational link between behavior and consequences.
He said Couch got whatever he wanted. As an example, Miller said Couch’s parents gave no punishment after police ticketed the then-15-year-old when he was found in a parked pickup with a passed out, undressed, 14-year-old girl.
Miller also pointed out that Couch was allowed to drive at age 13. He said the teen was emotionally flat and needed years of therapy.
Miller told the court the teen's parents should share part of the blame for the crash because they never set limits for the boy and gave him everything he wanted, according to CNN affiliate WFAA. As far as we know, the parents will be held accountable for NOTHING.
Couch is himself a victim -- of "affluenza" -- the psychologist said, saying the teen's life could be turned around with treatment and no contact with his parents.
The judge seems to think so.
Ethan Couch will serve NO no jail time, though he could face up to 10 years behind bars if he violates the terms of his probation. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum of 20 years.
The judge's decision stunned victims' family members, who say they feel Couch basically got away with murder.