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The Bogus Defense Of 'Affluenza' Enabled A Rich Kid To Get Away With Murder...

Updated on December 19, 2013

The Bogus Defense Of “Affluenza” Enabled A Rich Kid To Get Away With Murder

Once again, I am in my living room with my mouth agape because of the stupidity and moral decay of our society in general; I am currently mimicking the Aflac Duck we see in those famous ongoing commercials where its beak is opened in sheer surprise when something happens that is beyond belief. To that end, I must confess that I am not versed in many of the tenets of sociology or psychology because for me, most of the respective tenets for both those sciences are bogus… and are mostly used to enable and excuse bad behavior. What propelled me to reach out to my laptop… with my mouth still agape has to do with a recent adjudicated case in Texas… where Ethan Couch (See Photo Above), a wealthy sixteen-year-old, was sentenced to what is tantamount to rehab for mowing down and killing four people while he was driving under the influence.

During the trial, Mr. Couch’s lawyer - in tandem with his psychiatrist - concocted and convinced the trial judge that because of the psychosis ‘Affluenza,’ which describes a condition in which children - generally from wealthy families - have a sense of entitlement that excuses bad behavior… this is the defense that was used for Ethan to walk away virtually scot-free for the deaths of four souls. Now, tell me if anyone else outside the confines of wealth could have claimed and succeeded in positing such a bogus defense… and, I supposed that it is not ‘bogus’ because it succeeded in Ethan being sentenced only to the relative luxuries of rehab.

There are reasons why lawyers are hated, notwithstanding that I am one by training… but we put society at large in jeopardy for the tyranny of the few – in this case the rich like Ethan Couch. Did you notice that Ethan’s trial, apparently took place without a jury… as if someone likely knew the outcome of a case adjudicated in what in the trade we call a ‘bench trial’ setting, as opposed to one with a jury. In addition, also in the legal trade is the concept of ‘Precedent,’ whereby other perpetrators and their lawyers can use this defense of Affluenza to get away with all sort of anti social behavior. Incidentally, I saw one of the lawyers for Ethan Couch and when the mouthpiece was asked about the leniency of the sentence, he responded by saying that his client will not be able to drive or play X-box and that he would be in rehab - I wonder what the four people who Ethan killed and who are lying cold in their respective graves are able to do?

Do you suppose that since Ethan Couch is from a wealthy family… that those who are Socialists and believe in spreading the wealth should take it upon themselves and do to Ethan and his family what was done to those he mowed down - could they too, via their legal/psychiatric advocate, concoct a defense to excuse such a psychosis, not matter how novel it is? My Lord, I am Black, and I did not see my father until my early teens - do I too have an excusable cause to kill on account of the vestiges of slavery and my being born in abject poverty and not having a father figure in my formidable years?

There is a salient reason why defenses and the bogus alphabet soup of reasons for ‘bad behavior’ are allowed because since 1973 we have written in our laws that we are allowed to murder babies through Abortion. Once, we as a society crossed that moral threshold… whereby, every single day we are slaughtering babies with immunity… then anything else goes! Many of you will not get the nexus between our overall morality and the despicable verdict handed down in the Ethan Couch’s case - but it is symptomatic of the moral decay of our once great Republic where there is no responsibility for our wrongs, deliberate or otherwise.

The Associated Press is reporting that the young Mr. Couch received a ten-year-probation sentence - though he was eligible to receive a twenty-year jail sentence - and that he may be going to a rehab treatment facility in Newport Beach, California that will cost his family some $450,000.00 annually… four people are dead and two are still recovering… and a couple of hours ago, I watched Mr. Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and young daughter, openly wept when he was questioned about the lenient sentence dole out to Mr. Ethan Couch. To that judge who saw fit to give Mr. Ethan Couch that sentence… what Justice and what Solomonic Wisdom!


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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      The entire story is like a scary dream. First, there are people killed and injured, then the offender is ruled "not responsible." When we wake up, we'll find ourselves in a world where there is no reasonable process of reasoning. Thank you for your insights.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      4 years ago

      One word explains all of this....insanity!

    • FitnezzJim profile image


      4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Whether they are poor, or affluent, or police officers, or just normal everyday people, there is no justice if there is no accountability for their crimes. Whats the bumper sticker?

      "No justice, no peace.


      Know justice, know peace."

    • Verily Prime profile imageAUTHOR

      Verily Prime 

      4 years ago from New York

      Amen- for years my father being a police officer would complain how the sociologists were adversely affecting justice... thanks.

    • FitnezzJim profile image


      4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Years ago, young criminals could walk away from crimes they had committed because it was somehow societies fault. The notion was that they had been deprived and somehow forced into a life of crime. It seems that with this generation the pendulum has swung the other way.

      The only thing that is constant over time is that a good lawyer and sympathetic jury can decide that a person not be held accountable for their actions.


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