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February 6th, 2014
10:15 PM ET

Father who lost his wife and daughter weighs in on 'affluenza' sentence

Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who killed four people in a drunk driving crash was just sentenced to probation and rehab. He escaped a prison sentence after his lawyer called an expert witness who argued that Couch never faced any serious consequences for his actions before, and shouldn't now. He called the condition "affluenza." Now that same lawyer is blasting the media for the term "affluenza" going viral. Anderson is Keeping Them Honest.

Anderson discussed Ethan Couch's sentence with Eric Boyles, whose wife and daughter were killed in the crash.

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December 18th, 2013
10:15 PM ET

More legal problems for teen drunk driver in "affluenza" case

16-year old drunk driver Ethan Couch killed four people. He was sentenced to probation rather than prison after his lawyer argued he was a victim of "affluenza"; the idea being his wealthy parents had so completely indulged his prior bad behavior, he was incapable of taking responsibility for his actions. In other words, the “spoiled brat”defense. Now, Couch may have to mount a new defense. He is the focus of a new legal effort. Ed Lavandera has the latest.

Anderson discussed all this with former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos.

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December 13th, 2013
10:23 PM ET

A new perspective on the "affluenza" case: Sergio Molina's story

A judge in Texas sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to ten years of probation for the crash that killed four people. His lawyers argued he is a victim of a so-called condition called 'affluenza,' a theory that Couch isn't really to blame for his actions because his rich parents never set limits for him and he never learned about consequences. Sergio Molina was riding in the back of Couch's truck that night. He survived the accident, but he is suffering unimaginable consequences and his life will never be the same. Gary Tuchman has his story.

 

Anderson discussed this case with criminal defense attorney Brian Wice, Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Syracuse University professor Boyce Watkins.
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December 12th, 2013
10:44 PM ET

Psychologist defends outcome in affluenza case

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.
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December 12th, 2013
10:13 PM ET

Treatment center in "affluenza" case

Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager who killed four people while driving drunk, will spend the next year at California's Newport Academy instead of a prison cell. His father is footing the bill which is about $500,000. For that money Couch will get to stay in a facility that in 2009 Treatment magazine called "the most beautiful treatment facility in the industry." It offers equine therapy, an on-site gym, art therapy, yoga, meditation, and individual nutritional counseling. Anderson discussed this with Dr. Drew Pinsky, along with Newport Academy CEO Jamison Monroe Jr.
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December 12th, 2013
10:03 PM ET

New details on the deadly crash in the "affluenza" case

16-year-old Ethan Couch killed four strangers on Father's Day weekend in a drunk driving crash that also left one of his friends paralyzed. He faced the possibility of 20 years behind bars. But a judge sentenced him to probation after his lawyers argued that Couch was a victim of his family's wealth. An expert the defense put on the stand called it "affluenza." Randi Kaye has more on what happened on the night of the crash.
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December 11th, 2013
09:30 PM ET

Teen drunk driver uses "affluenza" defense after deadly crash

Outrage after a 16-year old drunk driver escapes jail time for killing four people last June. At the time of the crash Ethan Couch's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit and he was speeding. The teen was facing four counts of manslaughter and up to 20 years behind bars. But a judge sentenced him to ten years of probation after his lawyers argued that he was a victim of his family's wealth. An expert witness they put on the stand termed it "affluenza," and the judge bought the argument. Randi Kaye has the story.

Eric Boyles' wife and daughter were killed by the car Ethan Couch was driving. This is the first time he is speaking publicly about what happened.

Anderson discussed this case with Dr. Drew Pinsky along with CNN Legal Analysts Mark Geragos and Sunny Hostin.

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