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Thread: Teen drunk driver who killed 4 sentenced to 10 years' probation because he suffered "affluenza"

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    Teen drunk driver who killed 4 sentenced to 10 years' probation because he suffered "affluenza"

    To the families of the victims, Ethan Couch was a killer on the road, a drunken teenage driver who caused a crash that left four people dead.
    To the defense, the youth is himself a victim -- of "affluenza," according to one psychologist -- the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.To a judge, who sentenced Couch to 10 years' probation but no jail time, he's a defendant in need of treatment.The decision disappointed prosecutors and stunned victims' family members, who say they feel that Couch got off too easy. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum of 20 years behind bars.
    Lawyers for Couch, 16, had argued that 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, a psychologist called by the defense described Couch as a product of "affluenza."He reportedly testified that the teen's family felt wealth bought privilege, and that Couch's life could be turned around with one to two years of treatment and no contact with his parents.
    Texas teen Ethan Couch gets 10 years' probation for deadly DWI crash - CNN.com

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    HA! I literally logged on to come post this. Nice work Jenna!

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    So give the kid who "suffers" from being handed everything on a silver platter a get out of jail free card? Now how is this supposed to teach him a lesson again? Unless it is that money gets you everything
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    That'll teach him a lesson. "Kill four people and get away with it."

    Drunk drivers everywhere rejoice.
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    He will be back before a judge within a year facing new criminal charges. Just watch. Mommy and daddy will pay for the attorney who will come up with more lame excuses for his client's behavior.

    I hope the four victims families are filing law suits against this rich kid and his parents. After all, it has come out in criminal court that the rich parents are partially responsible for this incident and they have plenty of money. I hope they have to pay out big.

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    His negligent driving AND their negligent parenting = OWNED. The family that was victimized by him is still destroyed. Sick.
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    Charge both parents, therefore, with contributing to the delinquincy of a minor or an equivalent offense. And the victims's families -- they should sue the parents's and the kid's pants off.
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    Judge Becomes Target of Criticism in "Affluenza" Case | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    On Tuesday, Judge Jean Boyd sentenced Couch to 10 years of probation and treatment, possibly to be served at an expensive California rehab facility that would be paid for by the teen's parents. Prosecutors had sought the maximum sentence of 20 years in state custody.

    Boyd's decision has led to public calls for her resignation and an online petition on Change.org demanding that Gov. Rick Perry remove Boyd from the bench.

    Under current Texas law, the governor can remove a sitting judge from the bench with approval of two-thirds of Texas House and Senate members.

    Boyd, who previously announced she is retiring at the end of her term next year, declined to comment on both the sentencing decision and the calls for her removal when contacted by NBC 5. Boyd said speaking about the situation would be unethical.
    I can't imagine the pain that the victims families are going through to see that justice was not served.

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    This is disgusting Jenna. Something made me wonder if this was going to be another Chppaquiddick case.
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    The real moron is the judge. Somewhere , someone, is making some money on this. If I was the parent of any of the kids killed by this entitled POS, I'd be going after every cent that mommy and daddy have. Then, let's see Junior make it the real world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keith720 View Post
    The real moron is the judge. Somewhere , someone, is making some money on this. If I was the parent of any of the kids killed by this entitled POS, I'd be going after every cent that mommy and daddy have. Then, let's see Junior make it the real world.
    Keith720, I wondered I this myself. I heard on he news that he didn't know it was wrong to drink and drive or words to that effect. How could this be??? The media talks about the perils of getting drunk and driving In fact there is a radio ad about two girls who are diving home the driver is buzzed and as a result there is an auto accident and the girls are hurt.
    I concur that he is going to see what the real world is like without his mommy's and daddy's help. IN fact think with al of the publicity this story has generated the patients at the medical facility he is going to will know his story and will treat him akin to how the prisoners abusers and rapists are treated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jks9199 View Post
    Charge both parents, therefore, with contributing to the delinquincy of a minor or an equivalent offense. And the victims's families -- they should sue the parents's and the kid's pants off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Policefan1978 View Post
    Keith720, I wondered I this myself. I heard on he news that he didn't know it was wrong to drink and drive or words to that effect. How could this be??? The media talks about the perils of getting drunk and driving In fact there is a radio ad about two girls who are diving home the driver is buzzed and as a result there is an auto accident and the girls are hurt.
    I concur that he is going to see what the real world is like without his mommy's and daddy's help. IN fact think with al of the publicity this story has generated the patients at the medical facility he is going to will know his story and will treat him akin to how the prisoners abusers and rapists are treated.
    Even the freakin' Simpsons and Family Guy have made it clear that drunk driving is dumb! How can you NOT get the hint? If that's the case... stop the train to lynch the kid. He clearly needs to be committed; he sure as hell ain't in touch with reality!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jks9199 View Post
    Even the freakin' Simpsons and Family Guy have made it clear that drunk driving is dumb! How can you NOT get the hint? If that's the case... stop the train to lynch the kid. He clearly needs to be committed; he sure as hell ain't in touch with reality!
    I don't watch either show, but I believe what you said.
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