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TOPIC: Teen Drink-Drive Killer's Sentence Slammed

Teen Drink-Drive Killer's Sentence Slammed 13 Dec 2013 15:38 #1

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A 16-year-old avoids prison after lawyers argued he had "affluenza" - which reportedly affects the children of wealthy families.




A man whose wife and daughter were killed by a teenage drink-driver has spoken of his anger after the boy's wealthy background was used as a defence and he avoided prison.

Ethan Couch, 16, could have faced up to 20 years behind bars after losing control of his vehicle and killing four pedestrians in Fort Worth, Texas.

Instead, he was given 10 years' probation - plus rehab - after his lawyers argued his reckless behaviour was due to "affluenza".

The condition is said by some psychologists to affect young people who come from rich families.

Defence witness Gary Miller, a psychologist, said Couch should not get the maximum prison sentence that was being sought by prosecutors.

Mr Miller said Couch had grown up in a house where the parents often argued and eventually divorced.

He told State District Judge Jean Boyd the mother had spoiled him, telling the court: "Her mantra was that if it feels good, do it."

Couch, whose blood-alcohol was three times the legal limit at the time of the crash, had admitted he was drinking and driving and confessed to intoxication manslaughter.

news.sky.com/story/1181812/teen-drink-drive-killers-sentence-slammed
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Teen Drink-Drive Killer's Sentence Slammed 13 Dec 2013 16:06 #2

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affluent enough to afford best lawyer disease
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Teen Drink-Drive Killer's Sentence Slammed 13 Dec 2013 18:55 #3

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Yes, Worzel. Once again...money talks!
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Teen Drink-Drive Killer's Sentence Slammed 13 Dec 2013 20:46 #4

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This is disgusting. Though the more I see things like it the more I am surprised that more people are not annoyed about it!!!
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