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'Affluenza': Just the latest way to shirk responsibility [Commentary]
The story is causing national outrage: In Texas, a drunk driving 16-year-old named Ethan Couch (who had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit for an adult) killed four people and seriously injured two others with his Ford F-350 pickup truck. Mr. Couch pleaded guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years probation and treatment by State District Judge Jean Boyd, who accepted the defense argument that the teen was suffering from "Affluenza." The make-shift diagnosis alleges Mr. Couch was a victim of the wealthy surroundings in which he was raised and therefore was unable to discern right from wrong.
By Richard E. Vatz
December 18, 2013