Ethan Couch, a sixteen-year-old boy, was sentenced to only 10 years probation after killing four people whilst he was drunk driving. The defense said he suffers from “affluenza.” (More on that in a second!) Couch’s alcohol level was .24, three times as much as the legal limit for adults.
Brian Jennings, Hollie and Shelby Boyles, and Breanna Mitchell are dead because of him. Not to mention the two people who were riding with him that now have serious injuries. CNN reports, “One is no longer able to move or talk because of a brain injury, while the other suffered internal injuries and broken bones.”
Yet, no prison time? Why? You ask. Oh, he was just too wealthy.
He was SOOOOOOOOO WEALTHY that his wealthy, asshole parents taught him there were no consequences to his actions because he was so privileged and special and a fucking snowflake who is invincible and entitled to the world and other people’s lives that he lost the ability to have foresight. While drunk driving affects regular people it does not affect the rich and while consequences affect poor people, CLEARLY THEY DON’T AFFECT THE VERY WEALTHY. Thanks for confirming my suspicions. Oh and I can thank George Zimmerman for confirming my other suspicions about race too. Thanks. Thank you, legal system.
According to the Huffington Post, “Psychologist G. Dick Miller testified for the defense that Couch suffered from ‘affluenza,’ a condition in which ‘his family felt that wealth bought privilege and there was no rational link between behavior and consequences.’” The jury was stupid enough to believe this shit.
The best way to teach someone who has no understanding of personal consequences is to absolve them of any consequences. >=| You know what? I love America because it’s basically turned into an episode of Law and Order: SVU.
“Miller said Couch’s parents never punished him for his behavior, even when, in a separate incident, cops found him passed out in a car with a naked 14-year-old girl.” Even better! If this person were poor, of color or a woman they’d be in jail for about the next 100 years.
“There are absolutely no consequences for what occurred that day,” said Eric Boyles whose wife and daughter were killed by Ethan Couch. “The primary message has to absolutely be that money and privilege can’t buy justice in this country.”
Psychologist G. Dick Miller told Anderson Cooper he regretted using the word “affluenza” but not the defense. Then Anderson Cooper, in his silverfoxed glory pointed this out to Miller, according to Jezebel, the same judge previously ordered a black teen to be locked up for 10 years for accidentally killing one person.
Anderson pondered, as I pondered, “Why is that OK, for a 14-year-old poor kid, but for a 16-year-old well-off kid, they get to go off—they get to go have equine therapy.” Instead of jail time Couch’s daddy is spending $450,000 on therapy. The judge clearly saw that as a reasonable punishment for this 16-year-old brat, while 10 years in prison was acceptable for a 14-year-old, poor Black kid, who clearly doesn’t have the resources to go to equine (horse =|) therapy.
Remember: separate but not equal, not by a long shot.