The affluenza bug

A Texas judge sickeningly keeps a son of privilege out of prison, the poor dear

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Affluenza, a fairly recently discovered First-World “disease,” has been defined as “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.”

It’s also been described as when people are so rich they “have a sense of entitlement, are irresponsible, make excuses for poor behavior, and sometimes dabble in drugs and alcohol.”

In other words, accumulating wealth and privilege until it makes you sick.

The affluenza phenomenon hit the news last week when a defense attorney and psychologist in Texas used it to help 16-year-old Ethan Couch escape prison time for killing four people in a drunk-driving crash June 15.

Clinical psychologist G. Dick Miller testified the boy suffered from affluenza, and was simply given too much stuff and freedom and too little guidance and too few consequences, and needs treatment rather than prison.

Judge Jean Boyd bought it, hook line and sinker. She gave the teen but 10 years on probation – when she could have given him up to 20 years in prison, and when the prosecutor sought exactly that. Can you say naive?

What an insult to the vast majority of the American public, and what a travesty to the victims’ families, who were devastated a second time by the judge’s absurd ruling.

Moreover, this is sad affirmation for every cynic in America who has come to believe that Lady Justice really isn’t blind, and that there are different outcomes in court for the rich and connected. Thanks a lot, Judge Boyd, for proving it.

No amount of wealth or privilege accords one the right to recklessly cause the deaths of others and walk away.

It’s enough to make you sick.

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ymnbde
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ymnbde 12/16/13 - 08:18 am
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perhaps the judge suffered from

gullibluenza
and the defense lawyer was guilty of
accessory to gullibluenza
and the psychologist was guilty of
intent to distribute gullibluenza
regardless of the merits of affluenza
it does seem that some prison time would be the best cure

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 12/16/13 - 09:03 am
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Is the Chronicle just now

Is the Chronicle just now figuring out that the rich and powerful are held to a different standard and allowed rights, priviledges, and passes that others don't get? OJ? Lindsay Lohan? Alice Walton and her DUI problem? The little Wall Street crash? Just how big is the rock you've been hiding under?

jimmymac
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jimmymac 12/16/13 - 09:33 am
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BOTT
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I agree that the wealthy have an unfair advantage in the courts. It doesn't have to be that way but judges and prosecutors seem to extend privileges to the elites of society on a regular basis. I don't know about Ms. Walton's DUI issues but if a regular person had done what Ms. Lohan had done they would have gone to prison for sure.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/16/13 - 10:57 am
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"Is the Chronicle just now
Unpublished

"Is the Chronicle just now figuring out that the rich and powerful are held to a different standard and allowed rights, priviledges, and passes that others don't get?"

Oops !!!

gcap
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gcap 12/16/13 - 11:19 am
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We're the four victims...

...from wealth also? If so, family members can modernize justice of the Old West. "Yes judge, we lynched him. But we lost our Prozac and the oil futures took a dive. We really didn't mean it."

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/16/13 - 11:20 am
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Well the affluent have had

Well the affluent have had influence on judges on a personal level for individual cases but I've never seen the move to make a blanket social statement that afluenza is an excuse for bad behavior. So if you are rich and famous you are held to a different standard and now there is a reason to explain it so it's "OK"!!!!!!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/16/13 - 11:55 am
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Jail is for poor people who

Jail is for poor people who break the law. AC didn't know that?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/16/13 - 12:23 pm
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I've seen the affluenza bug

I've seen the affluenza bug first hand. If you are a nephew of a judge you just about have immunity and if any penal time its a minimum. Five people get arrested for same crime but 2 walk with a minimum and 3 prison-the difference? income and lawyers. Two had previous criminal records but only one went to prison. Income and lawyer difference. Justice maybe blind but it can still "feel" a dollar and knows the difference. When you really "know" the five in question and note who walks and who gets punished it's a travesty.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/16/13 - 12:28 pm
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"Is the Chronicle just now
Unpublished

"Is the Chronicle just now figuring out that the rich and powerful are held to a different standard and allowed rights, priviledges, and passes that others don't get?"

This is my second reply to the above statement and it changes the direction, for a moment, on those suffering from "affluenza" and self-responsibility.

Or, does it...?

How many editorials have we seen, in the AC or in any paper, calling on the wealthy to take more responsibility for the downward direction in which this nations is spiraling?

How many editorials have we seen in the AC or in any paper, castigating the wealthy for moving THEIR corporations out of this country?

How many editorials have we seen, in the AC or in any paper, placing the blame on the wealthy for the creation of illegal labor, thus bring down wages, thus creating tax payer pressure on hospitals, police, public schools.

Oh! and the needed increase in public welfare.

Affluenza is not to be found in the DSM.

But, maybe it ought to be...?

Maybe in another editorial?

In some paper, somewhere?

In the AC?

We'll see?

ymnbde
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ymnbde 12/16/13 - 01:37 pm
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the left and class warfare?

they certainly don't have the moral high ground
the above posters certainly don't
in Stalin's Russia, peasants belonged to the land
In O's education system, the poor belong to the school
it is racism in its purest form
and the left supports it
the left supports leaving kids, oops... leaving POOR kids
uneducated
but rich kids can attend the school of their choice
defend away, racists
history will show you as just a newer form
of the kkk

teaparty
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teaparty 12/16/13 - 01:43 pm
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ymnbde, here is a good
Unpublished

ymnbde, here is a good example of what you are talking about.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2013/12/15/waiting-for-the-8th/

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/16/13 - 03:23 pm
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There is a cosmic balance as

There is a cosmic balance as we already have destitutenza where excuses are made for the poor because they have never had anything so crime isn't their fault.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 12/16/13 - 06:58 pm
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thanks for posting that, teaparty

my goodness what these liberals have done to poor people
with their horrible education system
they've made certain areas of the country just like 18th century Russia
and then the liberal posters above have the gall to make their little sa comments about rich people
these liberals really are worse than the kkk

Darby
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Darby 12/19/13 - 02:40 am
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"Is the Chronicle just now figuring out that the rich

and powerful are held to a different standard and allowed rights, priviledges (sic), and passes that others don't get?"

.
Maybe it's just to compensate for the special treatment the millions of do-nothing, mouth breathing parasites get by feeding at the public (taxpayers) trough?

Life's just not fair on either side of the economic divide.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/19/13 - 06:29 pm
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"Maybe it's just to
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"Maybe it's just to compensate for the special treatment the millions of do-nothing, mouth breathing parasites get by feeding at the public (taxpayers) trough?"

That's a LOW blow.

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