Argument Against Ethan Couch

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When Ethan couch was only sixteen years old, he was on trial for vehicular manslaughter in Burleson, Texas. On the 15th of June, 2013, at around eleven p.m., Ethan Couch was driving while intoxicated, going 70 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone, slammed into a car by the road. When the tragic event was over he killed 4 people, Holli and Shelby Boyles, Breanna Mitchell, and Brian Jennings, and permanently injured two more, Sergio Molina and Isaiah McLaughlin. He then fled the scene of the crime and returned to his house. Later, when they found him, he had a blood alcohol level of 0.24, three times the legal limit in Texas. When the trial came, Ethan Couch was diagnosed with a new type of mental illness called affluenza, a state of having…show more content…
Michael J. Mooney, a writer for D Magazine, claims, “after three days of testimony, Judge Jean Boyd sentenced Ethan, the spoiled boy who had wrought such pain and destruction, not to prison, but to time in a cushy California rehab and 10 years of probation.” In other words, the judge, Jean Boyd, believes that because of Ethan Couch’s mental condition affluenza he does not deserve jail time but instead deserved the help of a lavish rehab center in California and ten years of probation. I do not agree with this even though some say he did not know any better after the neglect from his parents and their lack to punish Ethan for his wrong doing creating the chaos that took place on June 15, 2013. Ethan Couch should still be held accountable for the death of four people and the permanent injury of two…show more content…
Ethan’s defence lawyer, Reagan Wynn, declared, “The teen boy had been a victim of his own family’s wealth and power and how he had grown up without repercussions for bad behavior.” to put it another way, Ethan Couch has grown up and continuously exhibited bad and illegal behavior, but because of his parents wealth and power he has not received punishment for those actions. His parents would threaten to use their power to threaten and scare away anyone who came close to punishing their child. For these reasons he does not know right from wrong and if he did he always thought he could get away with it thanks to his parents. Therefore, his parents lead him to think it would be fine for him to drive that night and to think he would be able to escape his
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