Friday, December 13, 2013

Anderson Cooper & The "Affluenza" Case

From Wednesday night's AC360

With tears rolling down his check, Boyles told Anderson Cooper “The primary message has to absolutely be that money and privilege can't buy justice in this country, that it's not OK to drink and drive and, you know, kill four people, wound -- severely injure another and not have any consequences to that.”

Eric Boyles' wife and daughter were killed in the drunk driving accident at the center of the "affluenza" case. Ethan Couch, a 16 year old was sentenced to 10 years’ probation after his drunk driving crash led to the death of four people. Although Couch’s blood alcohol was three times the legal level for an adult, the judge ruled that Couch needed therapy after a psychologist - and defense witness- testified Couch was a product of something he called "Affluenza," a lifestyle where wealth brought privilege and there were no consequences for bad behavior.  (from

From Thursday night's AC360

Psychologist Dick Miller took the stand in the trial of 16-year-old drunk driver Ethan Couch, who killed four people in a crash on Father's Day weekend. Miller helped convince the judge that Couch was a victim of his family's wealth. While Couch was facing 20 years behind bars he was sentenced to ten years probation. On the stand, Miller used the term affluenza, but he acknowledged to Anderson "we used to call these people spoiled brats." Watch the full unedited interview with Dick Miller in three parts.  (from

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1 comment:

kent from Washington state said...

I find it ironic that the rehab facility for "affluenza" is a resort/country club setting that only the 'affluent' can is this going to cure his "affluenza"????