Posted By LambChop
The latest greatest criminal defense? Affluenza. Yep – a condition that forces the sufferer of the illness to commit horrible crimes because they grow up in wealthy households and therefore have no morals.
A Texas judge sentenced a 16-year-old boy who killed four people while driving drunk to 10 years' probation in lieu of jail time, saying the boy suffered from "affluenza" (because he grew up wealthy).
Ethan Crouch, the affluenza sufferer, and his friends stole beer from a Wal-Mart in Burleson, Texas and were on their way to steal more when Crouch (with a blood alcohol level at .24 and a little Valium in his system) drove his white pickup truck at about 70 miles per hour hitting four pedestrians -- a youth pastor, a mother and daughter, and a 24-year-old woman. They all died. Crouch also managed to hurt 9 other people, including two of his friends who were in the truck.
Prosecutors in the case were seeking 20 years in prison for the victim of affluenza, but the judge decided that probation and therapy would be better suited for the affluent teen. After all, the defense presented a compelling case providing a psychological portrait of the teenager as someone who thought he could get away with anything because of his upbringing.
A psychologist called by the defense said Crouch began driving at 13, was allowed to drink and was never punished when police found him passed out in his truck in his early teens with a naked girl, WFAA reports.
The little darling will have no contact with his parents, but his daddy will pay $450,000 for him to live in a home in California where he'll receive intensive therapy. Four people are dead, two will never walk again and Crouch gets to spend a couple of years in posh rehab, confessing in group therapy with productive folks like Lindsay Lohan.