COMMENTARY: Ridiculous Affluenza Defense Sets Dangerous Precedent

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But other legal experts correctly testified that “affluenza” is not is not a recognized diagnosis and should not be used to justify bad behavior.

Couch was pumped with liquor and Valium and lost control of his speeding Ford F-350 pickup when he crashed into a broken-down car. But I guess that wasn’t enough to convince the court of his criminal behavior.

District Judge Jean Boyd issued his sentence after Couch “admitted his guilt.” And Couch’s parents say they will pay for a $450,000-a-year treatment and rehabilitation center near Newport Beach, Calif.

For Couch, life on easy street continues.

But Texas prosecutors are trying again to put Couch behind bars after he was sentenced last week to 10 years’ probation. Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon is asking a juvenile judge to put 16-year-old Ethan Couch in jail on two cases of intoxication assault that he says are still pending before the court.

“During his recent trial, the 16-year-old admitted his guilt in four cases of intoxication manslaughter and two cases of intoxication assault,” Shannon told reporters. “There has been no verdict formally entered in the two intoxication assault cases. Every case deserves a verdict.”

Dr. Gary Buffone, a Jacksonville, Fla., psychologist who does family wealth advising, told reporters that Couch must take responsibility for his behavior.

“The simple term would be spoiled brat,” Buffone said.

“Essentially what he (the judge) has done is slapped this child on the wrist for what is obviously a very serious offense which he would be responsible for in any other situation,” Buffone said. “The defense is laughable, the disposition is horrifying … not only haven’t the parents set any consequences, but it’s being reinforced by the judge’s actions.”

Buffone is right.

I only hope that “affluenza” doesn’t begin to spread through wealthy suburban communities like a virus.

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    • Bluerunts, I agree that you are a troll and should be trolling elsewhere, but thanks for proving my points that uneducated and uninformed individuals like you will end up in Hell because of your insistence to remain gay. I, however, will remain of the side of Justice and facts.

  1. We are witnessing White Supremacy/Racism unfold right before our very eyes. Just like ‘Jesus’, white people have again CREATED something that only benefits them.

  2. The phrase was coined fir the Columbine kids. The media didn’t label them thugs or monsters for the Columbine crimes. The media didn’t even release the parents names, jobs or nothing. Gave them complete privacy and they still get it to this day.

  3. This is another way that white people get away with stuff, make something up. This decision should be protested. Why do these people keep getting away with such terrible things. Send his ass to jail where he belong. They still send people away who have mental problems. Poor peoples defense.

  4. Given the blow back that this case has gotten, I cannot envision too many others with financial means falling over themselves to piggy back on Affluenza as a defense. A jury might sentence a similar defendant to the insane asylum.

  5. Rich non whites who ‘accidentally’ kill whites will still await a remedy called Jail. You can believe that.This is a classic example of one race exerting its power over all others. This is definitive of what ‘Racism’ is. Whites have now ‘created’ a new disease to benefit them.

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  7. The rich white, “affluenzaic” become more wicked with every passing day. Probation, jail-time, whatever, I truly hope that this “virus”, apparently deadly only to those only crossing paths with them, but not the affluent themselves will be stamped out when each and every one of the families sue the shirts off their backs. Actually, this should be a CLASS action lawsuit, as it is an insult to everyone of a class of people who would not be allowed such a defense.

    • He’d just got buy another pair. I think he needs a more thorough treatment approach where he loses his freedom in the public forever.

  8. An Affluenza-Defense would only be due-able for a white defendant as a great education is needed in the supplementary-evidence as well in order to succeed.

    • Or when a sitting judge is about retire with a nice, fat paycheck paid by the parents of a delinquent who we will no doubt see again, Perhaps after he mows down the judge and her family, after a few celebratory no jail time cocktails. Idiot.

      • I agree with you Kay that you appear to be the idiot. You can do so much better than that imo.

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