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Old 14-02-2018, 10:46 AM
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Default The Affluenza defence

Have we seen this yet in Irish courts? Not the comes from a good family stuff but the "Ah judge he's so rich it's an illness that made him do it"

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Mr. Couch’s case received widespread attention after a defense witness argued that Mr. Couch suffered from “affluenza,” a term used to describe psychological problems that can afflict children of privilege.

A juvenile court judge, Jean Boyd, subsequently declined to give him the punishment sought by Tarrant County prosecutors — 20 years in prison — and ordered him to be placed in a long-term treatment facility while on 10-year probation. The decision angered the families of those Mr. Couch killed and injured. Others questioned whether a teenager with a less affluent background would have received similar leniency.
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/14/u...d-to-jail.html


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In December 2013, State District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced a North Texas teenager, Ethan Couch,[10][11] to 10 years' probation for driving under the influence and killing four pedestrians and injuring 11[12] after his attorneys successfully argued that the teen suffered from affluenza and needed rehabilitation, and not prison. The lawyers had argued that Couch was unable to understand the consequences of his actions because of his financial privilege.[13] The defendant had been witnessed on surveillance video stealing beer from a store, driving with seven passengers in a Ford F-350 "stolen" from his father, and speeding at 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) in a 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) zone. Couch was also driving while under the influence of alcohol (with a blood alcohol content of 0.24%, three times the legal limit for an adult in Texas) and the tranquilizer Valium.[14] At a February 5, 2014, hearing, Eric Boyles—whose wife and daughter were killed in the crash—said, "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."[15] In April 2016, a judge sentenced Ethan Couch to 720 days in jail.[16]
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