How A Teen Successfully Used His Wealth As A Defense For Killing Four People - an affliction known as “affluenza”

  • metta

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    Dec 12, 2013 5:55 PM GMT
    How A Teen Successfully Used His Wealth As A Defense For Killing Four People

    "But Couch’s behavior was explained by psychologist Gary Miller’s testimony as a consequence of an affliction known as “affluenza,” suffered by very wealthy individuals who do not take responsibility for their own actions."

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/12/12/3053821/teen-killed-sentenced-probation-testimony-suffers-affluenza/
  • Lincsbear

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    Dec 13, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    Interesting article.
    I think it reflects what one of the victims` members said: money talks, even in justice.
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    Dec 13, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Jesus, has anyone seen that documentary about the Larry King murder -- the gay kid who was shot by a his classmate in the back of the head execution-style?

    It has one of the most chilling human moments that I've ever seen:

    A group of suburban moms justify the murder while chatting over affordable wine, essentially concluding that the kid had it coming while talking about their shopping lists, all with the banal tone of calling an exterminator to kill pests.

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    Dec 13, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    Oh, but that was Texas. You can even kill your own kids there if you tell the judge that Gawd toll you to do it. If you're white, of course.
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    Dec 13, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    Isn't he going to some 500k per year rehab center too? Nuts
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    Dec 13, 2013 4:52 AM GMT
    You gotta love these parents: they move their precious little kiddies into these gated communities and the best private schools to protect them from the lower classes, and the little pricks ultimately prove to be the criminal menaces themselves. The kids just end up going outside the gates to roll around in the gutter. They rob, rape, assault, you name it. Notice how the kid fucking stole beer that he could easily afford. It's just like how those teenage majorettes went on a robbery spree some years back. They are the thugs, Mom and Dad, and you're part of the problem.

    "Not Colton's permanent record!"

    Twinkie Defense.
    Sidewalk Defense.
    Rich Sociopath Defense.

    America.
  • TannerMasseur

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    Dec 13, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    This is so twisted. This is what I mean by entitlement.
  • Muscles25

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    Dec 13, 2013 5:15 AM GMT
    It's Texas, fry him NOW!
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    Dec 13, 2013 5:19 AM GMT
    Did not Teddy Kennedy do the same thing with the women in the car that went over the pier?
  • Jonny21

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    Dec 13, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    Last night I read this article and shook my head. I am not sure that he should rot in jail for the rest of his life, but this is no real punishment.
  • musclmed

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    Dec 13, 2013 6:19 AM GMT
    civil trial should be fun
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    Dec 13, 2013 6:28 AM GMT
    So the rich kid who has thinks his actions have no consequences had this idea reinforced by the courts... So once again, his money has excused his actions.icon_exclaim.gif
  • TannerMasseur

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    Dec 13, 2013 6:37 AM GMT
    So the 4 lives he killed were expendable & his life is worth more than theirs?
  • musclmed

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    Dec 13, 2013 6:48 AM GMT
    what doesnt make sense. The truck he drove was owned by the company the dad worked for?

    If he is independently wealthy he was just an employee of the sheet metal company?

    Something doesn't smell right with this.

    If the father doesnt pay for the 450k rehab does he get a regular sentence?

    If Ethan was a dog, and mauled and killed 4, the father could have been charged with a crime.
  • TannerMasseur

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    Dec 13, 2013 7:08 AM GMT
    musclmed saidwhat doesnt make sense. The truck he drove was owned by the company the dad worked for?

    If he is independently wealthy he was just an employee of the sheet metal company?

    Something doesn't smell right with this.

    If the father doesnt pay for the 450k rehab does he get a regular sentence?

    If Ethan was a dog, and mauled and killed 4, the father could have been charged with a crime.


    The judge is def getting paid off.
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    Dec 13, 2013 2:48 PM GMT
    This is kinda why a lot of cases dont go the way they probably should, too much media involved, twisting facts. Dig a little deeper and read some facts before condemning the judge. Apparently old girl has a reputation for trying to save these fuckers, rather than just toss them in jail, ruining them forever.

    You cant exactly say he got off because he's white, considering she actually tried a similar rehab sentence for some ugly black piece of shit that killed someone. The fucker was so violent no one would take him though, so hopefully he ended up behind bars where most of them belong.

    This kid here isnt exactly going to a resort. And good thing is, if he fucks up in the next ten years and revokes his probation, he will indeed end up behind bars. Like fat ugly zimmerman has proved, just because you dont end up behind bars doesnt mean youre free either...
  • mybud

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    Dec 13, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    This same judge gave a black youth 10 years in prison for the same type of crime...
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    Dec 13, 2013 3:26 PM GMT


    It gets good at 6:26.
  • mybud

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    Dec 13, 2013 3:51 PM GMT
    This issue transcends money and influence..Our country's constitution is being crapped on by inept judges who couldn't find their asses using both hands and a flashlight.
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    Dec 13, 2013 4:03 PM GMT
    Well, what's the point of being wealthy if it doesn't afford you extra privileges?!?

    Everyone makes mistakes.

    Remember the trauma Doris Duke went through when she accidently ran over that guy in her driveway, repeatedly? And poor Teddy Kennedy suffered nightmares for weeks after that unfortunate Mary Jo incident.

    Don't even get me started on the anguish Claudine experienced after that perfectly understandable gun mishap and the 30 days of imprisonment, which were served on weekends of her choosing, rotting in that hellish Aspen county jail...icon_evil.gif
  • isuflyboy

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    Dec 13, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    Sounds like something a few of my fiends could pull off. Their dads have money and they've never had to work a day in their life
  • kew1

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    Dec 13, 2013 4:48 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidWell, what's the point of being wealthy if it doesn't afford you extra privileges?!?

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    Well, it does come from the Latin for "private law" , a law just for the rich in this case.
  • in_this_corne...

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    Dec 13, 2013 4:55 PM GMT
    I don't know exactly where it stands at the moment, but Thailand had a similar situation with the heir of Red Bull killing a police officer (hit and run). Initially he was let out with under $16,000 USD bail...but I'm unsure where the case stands today. The family had said it would 'take responsibility' whatever that means...from the family. They are worth over $5 billion.
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 13, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    Oh settle down. So our justice system made a mistake. Remember OJ? It makes mistakes all the time. Usually gets corrected by some other court or maybe not but it's not like the system is designed to protect the rich. Stop being so bigoted about the rich.
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    Dec 13, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    While im not condoning his behavior and I think he should be locked up...but 2 things.

    1.) He is 16...his record would be clean at 18, and be like this never happened. icon_neutral.gif

    2.) If you had all the money in the world, you would also try to use it to make sure your child doesn't go to jail.

    But now lets be honest...the kid is 16 had a alcohol level 3x that of the amount a 21 year old can have and with prescription drugs in his system....He just got away with killing 4 people and he feels invincible. He will break his probation and be in jail.

    But what concerns me is the judges. There are judges all of the country now giving out hard sentences to some and nothing to others. Screw our health care...our judicial system needs to be re worked. One judge was just given 16 years in jail cause he sentenced light offenses to a special teenage prison that was making money per teenage and he was getting a profit.