“Affluenza” Teen — Who Got Away After Killing 4 with the “Rich, Spoiled Brat Defense” — Dodges Probation

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Ethan Couch, appearing in court December 2013.
(photo: AP Photo/KDFW-FOX 4)

If you haven’t heard about this case, you might be surprised this is even a thing that exists. If anything, this proves just how low into the depths of Hell society has sunk.

First, the backstory.

Back in June 2013, 16-year-old North Texas teen Ethan Couch, whose parents are worth 15 million dollars, decided it would be real cool to steal two cases of beer from a Walmart, then drive drunk at 70 MPH in a 40 MPH zone with seven people in his dad’s Ford F-350 pickup while under the influence of not just alcohol, but Valium.

Couch’s blood-alcohol content was 0.24 at the time, three times over the legal limit in Texas.

At nearly three times the legal alcohol limit, Couch sped nearly twice the speed limit down a dark, rural road in the truck equivalent of a clown car (in which no one was wearing a seat belt, of course). Inevitably he came upon a patch of road where 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell’s SUV had broken down. Three others, a woman and her daughter who lived nearby and a passing youth minister, had all stopped to help Mitchell with her car.

You can see what kind of horrible nightmare this story is headed into.

Couch swerved off the road at just this moment, plowing into the minister’s car which then hit another oncoming car. The truck flipped over, slamming into a tree. Mitchell and the three who stopped to help her were all killed. Eleven more were injured. One with severe brain damage was left paralyzed.

The whole thing is a sick comedy of deadly errors, but here’s where this story actually manages to get worse.

Prosecutors attempted to get 20 years for Couch. Twenty years for the four lives he took and all the others he irrevocably damaged forever. And you know what Couch ended up with?

Ten years’ probation. Probation. That’s it.

Now, do you want to hear why?

Experts argued in court that he suffered from “Affluenza”.

“Affluenza” — a term that combines influenza with affluence, and is defined as “an inability to understand the consequences of one’s actions because of financial privilege.”

Put another way, because Mr. Couch had access to daddy’s money and was coddled all his life, raised as a spoiled brat who could apparently do whatever he wanted whenever he felt like it with no regard for anyone else, grew up so disconnected from reality because of his “privilege” that he could not comprehend how his behavior might effect others.

This is what his trial experts and lawyers argued in his defense… argued and won.

What he needed, his lawyers claimed, was rehabilitation, not prison.

Let’s see how that rehab is going. Here’s a video that reportedly shows Mr. Couch just a few weeks ago:

Beer pong, huh? When the video above was sent to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, spokesman Terry Grisham responded with:

“He’s allowed due process at every level. [Cases] are not prosecuted or revoked or modified based on hearsay or based on a grainy video that we can’t identify someone in.”​

Based on that statement, it isn’t too hard to guess who is lining the pockets of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, now is it?

And oh by the way, in order to help teach the teen that money can’t save him from everything, the judge has ordered that Couch only has to pay $40/day for the $700/day rehab he is ordered to go to. The taxpayers are paying the rest. Makes sense, right?

At one of the hearings last year, the husband of the wife and daughter Couch killed had this to say:

“Had he not had money to have the defense there, to also have the experts testify, and also offer to pay for the treatment, I think the results would have been different.”

…yeah. Well now Mr. Couch has reportedly absconded. The juvenile equivalent of an arrest warrant has been issued for him. His probation officer says he skipped out on his last appointment. Guess he’s taking a little vacay.

Yep. Seems that rehab is going real well…

How disgusting is it that we live in a society where someone can murder four people due to their egregiously reckless actions, harm a dozen others, and in the end because that person’s daddy has money, he can get away with it literally via the argument “it’s not my fault because I have money“…???

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  • NonYo Business

    Traitors at every level of our justice system.

    • gato felix

      Justice? What is that?

      • Unapologetically White


        • gato felix

          Right? Or as the late great George Carlin said “you and I are not in the club”!!

  • whiteberry

    Pathetic! The difference between the haves and the have nots is disgusting!

    • chris

      his family needs to be sued into the have nots!

    • Mr Anthill

      G. Dick Miller, the psychologist and Tarrant County Juvenile Court Judge Jean Boyd are culpable here, not to mention the drunk killer.

      Judge Jean Boyd has since retired.

      It makes me speculate that both the judge and the psychologist are/were on the take.
      Did the multimillionaire father bribe them? Very plausible.
      There wasn’t even any financial restitution mandated to the killer kid and his outlaw family! The judge effectively spit in the faces of the persons killed by coddling the killer drunk. My opinion is that the judge is dirty.

  • Phoenixsst

    And yet we can’t beat the bejeasus out of these useless political judges that can be bought is testament to the fact that so many judges should just die

    • chris

      the judge needs to be disbarred.

  • Bubba T

    Karma will eventually tap his punk ass on the shoulder.

    • Phoenixsst

      Karma needs to happen to the judge

    • Smokey

      Karma must be backed up because the list of people needing that tap is as long as 700 equators.

    • gato felix

      Uh usually punk ass’ s aren’t tapped on the shoulder, just saying!!

    • MrApple

      Or double tap.

  • Axe Man

    Is this kid Jewish?
    What about the people he killed, non Jews?

    Under Jewish law killing goyim is not a crime

    Maybe this is why he got off.

    • Mr Reynard

      That’s my thinking as well……..

    • Truman Golden

      yes he is.

    • MrApple

      Bullshit. This ALL about his dad’s money and who it can buy.

  • Glenn Turner

    I can see a “hit and run” going down next time Mr Couch crosses the road and guess what! No one saw nothin!!:)

  • Mr Reynard

    Methink, is that he’s part of the tribe ??

  • SpunkyBunks

    The probation officer should have had him thrown in jail immediately for violating probation like that. This kid has connections up the ying yang. Go Texas!! I thought you were better than that.

  • Gearmoe

    This guy is likely out of the country. If he isn’t he is one dumb person.

  • PJ London

    What is the problem? He will go on to be President, after the “The Donald” finishes.
    After all Trump’s platform is “Vote for me because I am rich, really rich”.

  • Dow Jones

    This is what makes USSA…USSA and the laughing stock of every civilized nation on the planet.

    Money talks and BS walks!

  • Truman Golden

    if he were back……..

    • MrApple


      • Mr Anthill

        In 2004, same Judge Jean Boyd sentenced a 16-year-old African-American,
        Eric Bradlee Miller, to 20 years in prison. (Miller drove a pickup truck while drunk and killed one

        • MrApple


  • chris

    that brat needs a heavy dose of reality! not scared straight,scared reality!

  • Frank

    Someone needs to drop the hammer on this kid and put an end to it – send a message to the other spoiled rich SOBs, and set a “people’s legal precedent” since the courts can obviously be bought.

  • frankw

    Ah, cases like this make one pine for the old days of vigilante justice. It amazes me that the families of the victims in cases like this haven’t resorted to it. Of course that would require cojones, something rare in today’s America.

    • Given them time, they might do it.

    • Mr Anthill

      Maybe that’s why the family disappeared?

  • MrApple

    That rich shit needs a “one to the head” sentence.

  • JM Aubrey

    This is ridiculous.I want to know the judge’s name who presided over this case. What a sham and a disgrace. This is completely ridiculous.

  • SP_88

    Clearly a bunch of money changed hands to keep this kid out of jail. If he was a poor person, he would have gotten life or the death penalty. This kids actions were inexcusable. He knew right from wrong. He knew he screwed up. He just didn’t care.
    The law is not equally applied to everyone. It is only applied to poor people. A person’s wealth is directly proportional to the amount of crime they can get away with.
    Now vigilante justice is another story. Even rich people have to go outside sometimes. What comes around, goes around.

  • Mr Gadget

    They could have been turned into coyote snacks…I think their lawyer and the judge are probably peeing themselves right now wondering if they are next!

  • Angelo Jamaica

    “Had he not had money to have the defense there, to also have the experts testify, and also offer to pay for the treatment, I think the results would have been different.”

    That is the only Law in America and defines the rule of affordable law and it is a true statement.
    If you can not afford it you go to jail innocent or guilty is irrelevant.
    Rights do not matter just the RULE if you can pay for it.