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.
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.
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.
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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