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Family of 'affluenza' teen settles with victims' families
dallas news ^ | kxas

Posted on 03/18/2014 7:36:21 PM PDT by Morgana

The family of Ethan Couch, the teenager who fatally struck a disabled motorist and three good Samaritans last summer while driving drunk near Burleson, has settled lawsuits with some of the victims’ families.

The Couch family agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to the families of Breanna Mitchell and Hollie Boyles and her daughter Shelby.

The family of youth pastor Brian Jennings has not reached a settlement with Couch’s family.

Jennings and the Boyleses had pulled over to help Mitchell, who had stopped after a tire blowout late June 15 in the 1500 block of Burleson-Retta Road.

The pickup Couch was driving, which was registered to his father’s company, struck all four pedestrians while traveling 70 mph. The truck flipped, ejecting two teenagers who were sitting in the truck bed and striking several other vehicles.

(Excerpt) Read more at dallasnews.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: accident; affluenza; couch; drunkdriving; ethan; ethancouch; punk; teen; texas

1 posted on 03/18/2014 7:36:21 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

I’ve not followed this news story at all. What action/comment/event led to the ‘affluenza’ appellation?


2 posted on 03/18/2014 7:39:23 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: posterchild

That is their way of saying he’s a spoiled rich kid.


3 posted on 03/18/2014 7:42:48 PM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: posterchild

Couch’s attorneys argued his parents were responsible for the teen’s actions that night because of the way he had been raised. Defense attorneys put a psychologist on the stand who testified Couch was a product of wealth and got whatever he wanted.


4 posted on 03/18/2014 7:44:20 PM PDT by Abby4116
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To: Abby4116
Defense attorneys put a psychologist on the stand who testified Couch was a product of wealth and got whatever he wanted.

This all started with that "alcoholism is a disease" stuff back in the mid-60s.

Thanks to ObamaCare, what is a disease, and what is the correct federally-funded treatment protocol for new federally-recognized "diseases," is going to get real interesting. All under control of unelected bureaucrats, too!

5 posted on 03/18/2014 7:48:53 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: posterchild
Defense expert said he was suffering from the effects of too much wealth and leisure ("affluenza") and therefore he was not responsible for his actions.

The judge agreed and made sure he didn't do any time.

I'm glad that one family refused the money.

6 posted on 03/18/2014 7:52:42 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Morgana

A truly kind and compassionate victim would help relieve the teen & his family of the cause of his “affluenza” problem....their affluence.

/s


7 posted on 03/18/2014 7:54:58 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: Steely Tom
Thanks to ObamaCare, what is a disease, and what is the correct federally-funded treatment protocol for new federally-recognized "diseases," is going to get real interesting.

That, and what is defined as "addiction."

Any bad habit, vice, predilection, distraction, etc. that takes up a lot of your time to the detriment of other things you should be doing is now an "addiction." Utter BS.

8 posted on 03/18/2014 7:55:34 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: posterchild

Affluenza = The new Twinkie Defense


9 posted on 03/18/2014 7:56:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Morgana

Too bad.... I hope the families got a huge bankrupting settlement that deprives this little snot nosed brat of any ‘cushion’ in his adult years. This yob killed people and skated because his family is wealthy. Justice was not served in this case


10 posted on 03/18/2014 8:00:00 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: wideawake

These kinds of judges need to be removed or jailed


11 posted on 03/18/2014 8:03:10 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Morgana
blood money...
12 posted on 03/18/2014 8:10:05 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Steely Tom
This all started with that "alcoholism is a disease" stuff back in the mid-60s.

I don't know what a lot of people think, but I never thought that alcoholism was a disease.

13 posted on 03/18/2014 8:10:28 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17
I don't know what a lot of people think, but I never thought that alcoholism was a disease.

I was only nine or ten years old at the time, and I remember the "public service announcement" ads very well.

Even as a kid, I thought it sounded bogus, but I couldn't lay my finger on exactly why. I couldn't articulate it as I can now, fifty years later.

It sounded like rot to me though, and I had a suspicion that it would lead to problems later.

I had a couple of alcoholic family members (uncles, much older) and I knew darn well that they weren't "sick." They just liked to get good and schnockered.

14 posted on 03/18/2014 8:14:10 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Morgana

I expect that other unnamed victims of this punk will be the employees at the roofing/ metal company the family owns.


15 posted on 03/18/2014 8:23:01 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Morgana

It’s called addiction to a drug. Alcohol is a choice....just like tobacco, hamburgers and steak. Choice is not a disease.


16 posted on 03/18/2014 8:26:29 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Steely Tom

“This all started with that “alcoholism is a disease” stuff back in the mid-60s.”

I always thought by doing this it relieved the alcoholic of the responsibility for his actions.

It is an addiction that needs to be dealt with on that basis.

Cancer is a disease.


17 posted on 03/18/2014 8:27:03 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Dallas59

He made his bed, he can lie in it.


18 posted on 03/18/2014 8:28:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Morgana

The kid’s an unconscionable ticking time bomb. How long until his next drunken atrocity.


19 posted on 03/18/2014 8:28:42 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Chode

So just what are four lives worth? Whatever this family paid it wasn’t enough. I don’t see them living in a trailer; they didn’t pay so much much that it really hurt.


20 posted on 03/18/2014 8:44:36 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: Rockpile
I'm sure the company has ample liability insurance. The employees won't be hurt, except maybe their opinion of the boss's kid.
21 posted on 03/18/2014 8:44:53 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

I was thinking reduction of staff and less pay for the remainder. Also loss of customers.


22 posted on 03/18/2014 8:48:25 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: wideawake
The judge agreed and made sure he didn't do any time.

If I were a betting man, I'd bet that the judge was bribed big-time. Six figures for sure. Maybe even seven figures. Bottom line: Murderer kid goes free. Judge is a millionaire.

23 posted on 03/18/2014 8:53:51 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: GeronL

Yes, she does.


24 posted on 03/18/2014 9:06:44 PM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: headstamp 2

The book ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS makes it abundantly clear that NO ONE is to be let off the hook because he has a disease. The reason is there is a way out. Take the way out or pay the consequences.


25 posted on 03/18/2014 11:39:34 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Leaning Right
I'd bet that the judge was bribed big-time

I think that's a safe bet.

26 posted on 03/18/2014 11:41:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Morgana

27 posted on 03/18/2014 11:56:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Nifster

Unfortunately the settlement amounts that were on the news were quite small, less than $200,000. Parents and the kid should be in prison for a long time IMO, all their assets liquidated and split between the families of those that suffered losses.


28 posted on 03/19/2014 12:27:37 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: martin_fierro

“The kid’s an unconscionable ticking time bomb. How long until his next drunken atrocity.”

Someone should put a round between his eyes. Preferably a family member.


29 posted on 03/19/2014 1:01:57 AM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: Steely Tom

Same here.....

It was their choice.


30 posted on 03/19/2014 4:42:39 AM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: henkster
i guess their worth is, Undisclosed...
31 posted on 03/19/2014 4:48:19 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: JoeProBono

Wow Joe that is creepy! Ritchie Rich’s evil twin brother.


32 posted on 03/19/2014 4:50:05 AM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: Chode; henkster

I’m holding out for the family that did not settle. Maybe they will take the punk to court and get his butt put in a jail cell.

Sheese that is what all of them should have done. Then did what the Goldman’s did and turned around and sued the parents in Civil Court.


33 posted on 03/19/2014 4:53:52 AM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: VerySadAmerican

“The book ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS makes it abundantly clear that NO ONE is to be let off the hook because he has a disease. The reason is there is a way out. Take the way out or pay the consequences.”

Alcoholism is really a “symptom” of some other issue. Whether it’s a depressive disorder or some other emotional or mental condition. I lived with an alcoholic girlfriend for about a year and I saw it up close. The right medication (Bipolar) went a long way to eliminating the physical need for it. That and spending some time in jail served to make her reach her “bottom”. After that I helped her get into a year long treatment program.

Today she is alive and doing well though she has to deal with the damage she did to her body over a 25 year span of drinking since she was 13 years old. She will be sober 4 years in August. We are no longer involved but are good friends and ultimately I’m glad to not be visiting her gravesite.


34 posted on 03/19/2014 6:44:02 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2

Drinking is the solution to alcoholics for every problem they ever face. The PROBLEMS are why we drink. I had to learn that the booze was only a temporary SOLUTION and the PROBLEMS usually came back even bigger than before. I’ve been sober since 1985.


35 posted on 03/19/2014 7:41:54 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

I truly admire anyone who can overcome such a horrible addiction and get control of their life again. May you have a long and happy life of sobriety my friend.


36 posted on 03/19/2014 8:18:33 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Congrats VerySad!

That’s very difficult to beat. God be with you.


37 posted on 03/19/2014 8:24:50 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Morgana

I’m afraid I’d take the payout and hire a hit man.


38 posted on 03/19/2014 8:35:54 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Grams A

just disgusting. WHEN this kid kills someone else (and he will) I hope that the law is more just than this time around


39 posted on 03/19/2014 9:12:42 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: <1/1,000,000th%; headstamp 2

Thanks for the supportive words. All I did was get too whipped to do it anymore and called on God. With His help and the 12 steps, I got better and started thinking a little more of myself. At the same time I figured out I wasn’t the center of the universe. I think they call that mixed emotions. Sorta’ like having your 16 year old daughter come home at 2 in the morning with a Gideon Bible.

The man who started AA, by the way, was led to God by a Christian.


40 posted on 03/19/2014 10:13:06 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

“The man who started AA, by the way, was led to God by a Christian.”

Bill Wilson’s house (Stepping Stones) is about 30 minutes south of me in Cross River/Katonah, NY.

http://www.steppingstones.org/visiting.html


41 posted on 03/19/2014 1:48:44 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Nifster
WHEN this kid kills someone else (and he will) I hope that the law is more just than this time around

Don't count on it. He's already set a precedent for "spoiled brats aren't legally liable for their actions" with his affluenza defense once. Not only Couch, but countless others like him will be able to use this in their defense in the future.

42 posted on 03/19/2014 3:53:58 PM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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To: headstamp 2

My wife’s late father was an electrician. In the late 80s a group bought Dr. Bob’s house in Cleveland. My father in law worked on the remodel. He found a pint of whiskey in the walls that Dr. Bob had obviously forgotten was there.


43 posted on 03/19/2014 5:47:55 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

“My wife’s late father was an electrician. In the late 80s a group bought Dr. Bob’s house in Cleveland. My father in law worked on the remodel. He found a pint of whiskey in the walls that Dr. Bob had obviously forgotten was there.”

Neat story. Yes, hiding booze/beer as a form of denial.

When my girlfriend at the time was finally out of the house and in treatment. I found 2 contractor garbage bags worth of empty beer cans, vodka bottles, rubbing alcohol bottles and mouthwash bottles in some of the most fascinating places. Would be nice to have all the money wasted on that these days.


44 posted on 03/20/2014 5:29:06 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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