Affluenza. A psychological malaise that impacts young men and women who are used to their mom and dads giving them everything and telling them that they are awesome on the daily even if they are little jackalopes. “Affluenza” also became the premise of the defense of Ethan Couch, who was 16 years old and nearly three times the legal limit for a grown adult male when he got behind the wheel in 2013 and killed four people. “Affluenza” was the defense his mother gave, claiming she coddled him so much through his formative years that he did not know any better than to get behind the wheel after getting blitzed and that killing four people while operating a vehicle under the influence is wrong. She coddled him so much, she took him to Mexico to violate his probation, remember? Coddled him so much that he could not understand the impact of his actions:
And yesterday, the moment of reckoning came for Couch in the form of a court-hearing. From The Washington Times:
The teen, who turned 19 on Monday, will serve four consecutive 180-day jail sentences, one for each of the four people he killed in the 2013 Texas crash, a sentence that far exceeded what prosecutors initially sought.
“You’re not getting out of jail today,” District Judge Wayne Salvant told Couch, who appeared in adult court for the first time Wednesday at Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth.