Texas Judge Being Pressured to Give ‘Affluenza’ Kid Jail Time

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Ethan Couch

The Texas judge whose lenient sentencing of the drunk-driving teen who killed four people yet was given probation is being pressured to sentence him to prison, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Couch was given 10 years probation by the judge, who believes that rehabilitation is actually better for the teen than prison, after his lawyer argued that Couch was a product of "affluenza," a term used to describe the affliction of being so wealthy that consequences are minimal if any. 


Family members of the victims argued after the sentencing that by the court not issuing jail time, they are reinforcing the argument that Couch's lawyers used to get him off.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, families of the victims were happy to hear that prosecutors were still pushing for jail time. While most of the families have said they had forgiven Couch, they still believe he should serve some jail time.

Although Couch wasn't sentenced to hard time, his troubles are far from over.

Couch's parents are currently facing five lawsuits brought on by families of the crash victims.


According to the Huffington Post, Couch's father, Fred Couch, and his company, Cleburne Metal Works, have also been hit with lawsuits. Couch's father's company owned the truck that Couch was driving during the fatal wreck.

Read more at Christian Science Monitor and the Huffington Post.

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