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‘Affluenza’ Teen Sued By Families Of His Victims

“Affluenza” teenager Ethan Couch may have avoided jail time, but he won’t be able to avoid lawsuits. Five lawsuits have been filed against Couch by the families who lost loved ones due to his reckless DWI driving. The Texas teenager killed four people while driving drunk in Burleston, TX, and had a blood alcohol level of .24, three times the legal limit. However, Couch shockingly avoided a possible 20 years of jail time and instead received a decade of probation after his legal team testified that he had affluenza, meaning that he did not understand the consequences of his actions because of his privileged upbringing.

The families of the crash victims are now pursuing legal action against Couch, his father Fred and his father’s company Cleburne Metal Works, which owned the vehicle the teenager was driving in. The parents of two people injured in the crash are also suing. Prosecutors are also trying to get the case reopened so that Couch can potentially face jail time for his actions, although that prospect seems increasingly unlikely.

Eric Boyles, whose wife and daughter were among those killed, was stunned and distraught by the verdict. “For twenty-five weeks, I’ve been going through a healing process. And so when the verdict came out, I mean, my immediate reaction is — I’m back to week one,” he said. “We have accomplished nothing here. My healing process is out the window.”

Couch is currently staying at a $450,000 per year rehab center in Newport Beach, CA. Mike Hashimoto of the Dallas Morning News summed up the case by writing, “Despite all the death in his wake, Couch didn’t learn a thing he didn’t already know: It’s far better to come from that wealthy place where actions seldom have those nasty old consequences. That’s for other folks.”

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  • Oswaldo Cevallos

    Take very little penny they have so they will not suffer from affluenza anymore!

  • Finnsmom1

    The real justice will be gained when this kid’s Father and his company are bankrupted.

    • Serendipity

      He’ll only start another one. The wealthy aren’t penalized through bankruptcy, only the poor folks who need the protection.

  • jdugan

    Guess it’s time he learned the REAL facts of life. His parents need a hard financial lesson as well. What would have happened had it been their son who perished? This is the biggest knife to the back of the families who lost loved ones? Shame on the judge!!!! Wonder how full his wallet got for this verdict?

    • trenaherringtonchapman

      Judge was female. But, your point is well taken.

  • trenaherringtonchapman

    Newport Beach? The kid is rewarded with a vacation to Orange County?

  • Coy Redic

    The judge should be sttripped of all power and prosecuted for ethics violations

    • Dale Blackstock

      She’s “retiring” at the end of December, 2014. If a recall effort is started now, she would be gone by the time a recall election would be scheduled. Unfortunately, she will be on the bench with non-connected neurons doing the same thing. This is NOT her first mistake on the bench. She did the same thing in an earlier case. And they were black, so there was no discrimination here. These teens nearly killed a 66 year old pizza delivery guy by beating him with an aluminum baseball bat. The man has permanent brain damage because of the beating. The prosecutor wanted to try them as adults and presented his reasons to this same judge. She refused to certify them as adults, gave them probation because they would get the counseling they need.

      The juvie judge determines the stature of the defendant. That being, adult or juvie. She is completely inept and has no business being in a position of judging cases. She should resign now, however, she will hold on to the end so she can collect her retirement. Ugh!

      • Coy Redic

        Thank you. For the info. How does an idiot like her ever get on the bench in the first place

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        • Dave Hinckley

          I think judges are elected in Texas. If you’re a good public speaker you can be a judge.

  • Guest

    Too bad this guy isn’t in prison. They would LOVE him there.

  • Dave Hinckley

    Too bad this guy isn’t serving time in prison. He would be passed around like a beach ball at a Jimmy Buffett concert.

  • disgusted13

    This just makes me sick for so many reasons! Affluenza is a joke, this country better start holding people (young and old) accountable for their actions!! Hopefully it isn’t too late!