To the defense, the youth is himself a victim -- of "affluenza," according to one psychologist -- the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.
To a judge, who sentenced Couch to 10 years' probation but no jail time, he's a defendant in need of treatment.
This was the sort of think I was speaking of when I wrote my "Open Letter To Parents" post. Are you kidding me? The kid is white and rich, so he gets to kill 4 people in a drunk driving accident and get away with therapy and probation??
This kid is a product of piss poor parenting, and all this sentence does is further show him, and others, that there are no consequences in life as long as mommy and daddy are there to sweep up the mess.
Lawyers for Couch, 16, had argued that the teen's parents should share part of the blame for the crash because they never set limits for the boy and gave him everything he wanted.
According to CNN affiliate WFAA, a psychologist called by the defense described Couch as a product of "affluenza."
He reportedly testified that the teen's family felt wealth bought privilege, and that Couch's life could be turned around with one to two years of treatment and no contact with his parents.
No rules, no boundaries, do whatever the hell you want. Great way to raise your kid. And when he really screws up and takes 4 innocent lives, you protect him.
I say lock him up. 20 years HARD time with big Bubba cellmates. Make sure his parents compensate every family that lost someone to the tune of making them poor. Don't want your kid to end up this way? Stop raising them like they are disserved everything and start handing out ass-whoopins when they are called for. Set boundaries and make sure you stick to your guns. Don't warn them, act on it.
I hope this judge is booted and this kid gets a real prison sentence.