Thursday, December 12, 2013
Now hear this: Affluenza is not a defense to a crime.
16-year-old Ethan Couch was sentenced in juvenile court by District Judge Jean Boyd to 10 years probation for a DUI in which he killed four pedestrians.
Yep, the kid pled guilty to four counts of manslaughter and didn’t have to serve any time.
How could this have possibly happened, you ask?
The defense psychologist testified that the kid was suffering from affluenza and did not deserve to go to jail because he grew up in a home where his rich parents spent their time arguing with each other eventually leading to a divorce instead of paying attention to him.
Don’t feel bad, if you are not familiar with this dreadful mental disease or defect.
Ramit Plushnick-Masti of the Associated Press interviewed Dr. Gary Buffone, a Jacksonville, Fla., psychologist who does family wealth advising to find out what it means.
The term “affluenza” was popularized in the late 1990s by Jessie O’Neill, the granddaughter of a past president of General Motors, when she wrote the book “The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence.” It has since been used to describe a condition in which children — generally from richer families — have a sense of entitlement, are irresponsible, make excuses for poor behavior, and sometimes dabble in drugs and alcohol.
The rich sure have it rough, don’t they?
Reminds me of a line by Martin Mull,
Sometimes I get so damn mad when I go home that I go outside and throw my drink across the lawn.
What sort of sentence do you think a black kid from a poor family would have received, if his parents argued and divorced instead of paying attention to him?
Yeah, I know. It’s a rhetorical question.
And District Judge Jean Boyd ain’t fit to wear the black robe.
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