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The “Affluenza” Defense: Right or Wrong?

The recent case of Texas teen Ethan Couch has left many in and outside the legal community scratching their heads in confusion. Couch, a wealthy white sixteen-year-old, killed the four people he plowed his truck into while driving drunk after stealing beer—but was only sentenced to 10 years’ probation,with no jail time.

How did this happen? Arguing for his client, attorney Scott Brown created the “affluenza” defense. He claimed that Couch’s wealthy parents so effectively cushioned their son with so much privilege,that he wasn’t really responsible for his actions because he never learned right from wrong. Brown positioned Couch as a victim of wealth whose parents “never set limits for the boy.”Basically, Brown argued that because Couch didn’t know it was wrong, he wasn’t really responsible.…

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