Meet Ethan Couch, a 16 year old young man from Texas who killed four people and injured two more during a night out with friends. According to reports, Ethan and some of his friends stole alcohol from a local Wal-mart and drove erratically at speeds of 70 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone. They reportedly ran into two vehicles, thereby killing and injuring innocent people. Ethan is said to have had a blood alcohol level that of three times the legal limit for an adult.
Due to Ethan’s privileged upbringing, which included copious episodes of coddling his inappropriate behavior, his lawyers claimed that “he wasn’t at fault because he had been spoiled by his parents… Couch’s parents had never held him responsible for previous bad behavior.” An expert on the case also dubbed Couch’s condition “affluenza,” a term that blew up on Twitter. Affluenza is reportedly an inability to make good decisions thanks to a lifetime of coddling. Apparently this defense was good enough for Judge Jean Boyd, as she reprimanded Ethan with 10 years of probation, no jail time and possible treatment at a high-end rehabilitation/treatment center in California.
Do you think Ethan should have served some jail time or do you think rehabilitation will serve him better and make him a better person overall?
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Source: Hello Beautiful & NewsOne