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A Wealthy Teen's Defense For a Deadly Drunken-Driving Crash: "Affluenza"

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Here's an Internet outrage-inducing story that has been bubbling up for the past few days and appears to have finally hit critical mass: A Texas judge on Tuesday sentenced a wealthy 16-year-old boy to 10 years of probation for a horrific drunken driving crash that killed four people and seriously injured two others this summer. But it's not the relatively lenient sentence that has people up in arms—it's the apparent reasoning behind it. Here's the ABC affiliate in Dallas with the details of the teen's defense:

Prior to sentencing, a psychologist called by the defense, Dr. G. Dick Miller,  testified that [Ethan] Couch's life could be salvaged with one to two years' treatment and no contact with his parents. ... 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.

Worst excuse ever. 

I have a big problem with Dr. G. Dick Miller's rationale.

How about sending both of his parents to prison for 10 years minimum each, since they're the ones who claim they caused this, oh, but I'm guessing that's not the idea they were going for.

That judge showed poor judgement.  He should not be allowed to judge.  

They need to follow the $ connections from the judge, to the kids family ;)

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