In search of…a cure for Affluenza

More posts by

A drunk driving case in Florida made national headlines this week after a judge in Fort Worth sentenced a 16 year old to probation instead of 20+ years behind bars for a drunk driving incident which left four people dead and one person permanently paralyzed.

In June, Ethan Couch was arrested with a blood alcohol content of 0.24 – four times the legal limit for an adult. Couch was driving his car around 70 mph in a 40 mph zone. His car struck and killed four people and left nine other injured.

While this is very sad, what is most absurd is that, during the trial, Couch’s attorney called Dr. G. Dick Miller to testify that Couch suffered from a disease, but not one you would normally hear in a drunk driving case:

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.

And this defense worked!

Is this really a thing now…affluenza? It’s bad enough that many parents are more-than-lenient in reprimanding their children these days, but now we have defense attorneys using this made up ‘disease’ as a way to skirt a jail sentence? I shudder to think about what will happen when more and more legal teams start using this excuse for their clients’ bad behavior!

What would you say?

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree