Keyword: affluenza

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  • What the Stanford Rape Case Reveals

    06/10/2016 11:41:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | June 10, 2016 | Mona Charen
    The phone has been ringing off the hook at Judge Aaron Persky's chambers at the Santa Clara County court for the past several days. "Tell your judge he can go to hell, and I hope his kids get raped and he rots in hell," said one caller. The judge and members of his family have received death threats -- which seems to be the way America rolls these days. Just a suggestion: If you disapprove of something strongly, consider the words "shame," "scandal" or "debacle." Try not to commit a crime yourself in protesting a lenient sentence. Judge Persky sparked...
  • Stanford rapist pictured with a bong: Photos of Brock Tuner 'smoking' prove he lied to judge [tr]

    06/09/2016 6:20:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 9, 2016 | Chris Spargo
    New pictures have surfaced that show Stanford rapist Brock Turner with a bong and a pipe. Prosecutors in the case now say that these images prove that Turner partied and used drugs well before his college days, and lied to the judge in the case when he denied ever using 'illicit substances' in the past. 'Coming from a small town in Ohio, I had never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol,' said Turner in his letter to Judge Aaron Persky.
  • Judge rejects 'affluenza' teen's appeal to reverse jail term

    05/11/2016 3:25:19 PM PDT · by bgill · 11 replies
    yahoo ^ | May 11, 2016 | AP
    Judge Wayne Salvant signed an order Wednesday reaffirming the probation terms he imposed on Ethan Couch in April. The judge canceled a hearing on the matter scheduled for May 16. Salvant had ordered that Couch spend 180 days in jail for each of the four people he killed in 2013 when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a motorist. The sentences were to be served consecutively.
  • 'Affluenza' teen Ethan Couch tentatively ordered to serve 2 years in jail

    04/13/2016 10:04:59 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | April 13, 2016 | Jason Hanna
    A Texas judge ordered Wednesday that "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch spend 720 days in jail -- nearly two years -- as a condition for his continued probation for a 2013 fatal drunken-driving crash. However, the judge said he'd give the defense two weeks to make an argument against the order. "Nothing is set in stone, so I might reconsider," the judge said in a court hearing in the case in Tarrant County, Texas.
  • 'She's playing "B***h I'm Madonna"': Pop icon angers neighbors by putting up fake 'No parking' [tr]

    03/24/2016 11:04:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 24, 2016 | Anton Nilsson
    Madonna has angered her neighbors by hogging almost four cars' worth of prime parking space outside her $40 million Upper East Side townhouse - arranging to install fake 'No parking' signs to scare other motorists away. The fake signage includes a 'No parking' sign posted on the singer's security gate, and a 'Tenant parking only' sign mounted on a pole in a flower bed on the sidewalk. Both signs threaten that 'unauthorized vehicles will be towed away.' The signs differ in design and language from official Department of Transportation notices.
  • : Republican Establishment Suffering From "Affluenza," They "Just Don't Get It"

    03/17/2016 6:08:21 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 17,2016 | Ian Schwartz
    STEVE SCHMIDT: Think about the nitwit kid in Texas who was let off of his murderous drunk driving charges with the affluenza defense. The Republican establishment in Washington, D.C. has a case of affluenza. You have six of the ten wealthiest counties in the country surround Washington, D.C. You have a real estate market that took a narrow downturn but rebounded very quickly. You have a city that's insulated from economic distress, it's recession-proof to some degree. So this Republican establishment, the consulting class in Washington, D.C., these are not living wage jobs. And at the end of the day,...
  • Mother of teen paralyzed by Ethan Couch speaks out: ‘We’ve been in hell’

    02/22/2016 7:26:20 AM PST · by bgill · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | Sarah Mervosh
    Maria Lemus’ teenage son used to love soccer. He used to have friends. He used to be a normal kid.But since he became a victim of Ethan Couch’s drunken driving, 18-year-old Sergio Molina has been paralyzed and requires around-the-clock care. He can communicate only by blinking. “People say we have to die to go to hell,” his mother said. “To me, I’ve already been there.” Lemus spoke briefly about her family’s experience from her front door step Saturday, a day after attending a court hearing where a judge transferred Couch’s case to adult court.
  • 'Affluenza' teen may have been forced to flee to Mexico: attorney

    01/19/2016 12:17:46 PM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 19, 2016 | Marice Richter
    Lawyers for the Texas teenager who killed four people in the "affluenza" drunken-driving case and was captured in Mexico said on Tuesday they are investigating whether the 18-year-old chose to flee or was forced. Judge Timothy Menikos of Tarrant County juvenile court deferred a ruling on a move to transfer Ethan Couch's case to adult court because his parents were not adequately notified about the proceedings.Tarrant County prosecutors contended Couch is responsible for his own absence by fleeing to Mexico. His mother was returned to Texas and faces a third-degree felony charge, accused of helping her son flee, that could...
  • How 'affluenza' kid Ethan Couch blew more than $2,000 on two HOOKERS and booze at the Mexican [tr]

    01/04/2016 10:40:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 4, 2015 | Martin Gould
    Spoiled rotten 'affluenza' kid Ethan Couch blew more than $2,000 on hookers and booze at a Mexican Mafia hangout on the night his mom was roused from her bed to bail him out, Daily Mail Online has learned exclusively. The teenage Texan runaway was 'staggering drunk' and strip club workers had to hold him up to stop him from falling as they escorted him to his hotel room to wake his mother to get their dough.
  • Affluenza jerk couldn’t afford strip club bill, crawled to mommy

    01/01/2016 7:26:37 AM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 56 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 1, 2016
    The "affluenza" brat partied a little too hard at a strip club in Mexico while on the lam and needed Mommy's help to foot the bill. Ethan Couch, 18, typically stayed inside his room at Los Tules, a resort in Puerto Vallarta, but one night, he decided to hit a gentleman's club. Hours later, he was escorted back to the lobby of the resort flanked by two bouncers from the club after he could not pay his big bill. Hotel workers had to go get his mom, Tonya, who was sleeping upstairs. "He did not have enough money to pay...
  • 'Affluenza' teen's mother back in U.S.

    12/31/2015 6:17:15 AM PST · by Wolfie · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/31/2015
    'Affluenza' teen's mother back in U.S. Tonya Couch, the mother of "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch has returned to the United States. In video obtained by CNN, the mother can be seen in handcuffs with U.S. Marshals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Texas prosecutors have said Tonya Couch will be charged with hindering the apprehension of a juvenile, and if convicted, faces between two and 10 years in jail. A Mexican immigration official with knowledge of the case said Ethan Couch's attorneys had filed a writ to seek protection and block his deportation. If the teen confirms his wish to...
  • ‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch wins three-day stay of deportation

    12/30/2015 10:46:02 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 55 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/30/2015 | Ryan Osborne
    Ethan Couch and his mother were granted a three-day stay of their deportation to the U.S., The Associated Press reported. An official with Mexico’s Migration Institute spoke on condition of anonymity because he or she wasn’t authorized to be quoted by name. It was unknown whether Couch’s mother would also be granted a delay, according to the Associated Press report. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said he was told by U.S. Marshals that an attorney representing the Couches filed a "legal writ," to prevent the pair from leaving Mexico. "Couch and his mother cannot be deported from Mexico until legal...
  • Texas 'affluenza' teen to be returned to U.S. from Mexico after capture

    12/29/2015 9:16:34 AM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 29, 2015 | Marice Richter and Veronica Gomez
    Couch and his 48-year-old mother disappeared earlier this month, prompting officials in Tarrant County, Texas, to issue a warrant for his arrest... Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said that when the Couches arrive back in the United States, the young man will appear in juvenile court and his mother will be arrested. The sheriff told a news conference that the two had had a going-away party before leaving the United States... The two were captured at the crossing of two streets near the popular Malecon, or boardwalk, in Puerto Vallarta. A police booking picture from Mexico showed the previously blond...
  • ‘Affluenza’ teen fugitive and his mom are captured in Mexico

    12/29/2015 12:32:03 AM PST · by Company Man · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 28, 2015 | Reuters
    Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother, Tonya Couch, were taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Samantha Jordan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Monday night.
  • Texas 'affluenza' teen detained in Mexico

    12/28/2015 7:26:37 PM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 111 replies
    Cnn ^ | 28-December 2015
    (Reuters) - A Texas teen, who was a fugitive after allegedly breaking his probation sentence for killing four people while driving drunk, has been arrested in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, CNN reported on Monday, citing officials briefed on the matter. Ethan Couch, 18, was sentenced to probation about two years ago in juvenile court for intoxication manslaughter and is wanted in Tarrant County, Texas. He and his mother went missing earlier this month.
  • Police tackling stream of tips on ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch

    12/20/2015 4:36:18 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 27 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/19/2015 | Naheed Rajwani
    The search for Ethan Couch continued Saturday, eight days after he missed a probation check-in that was required under terms of his sentencing for killing four people while driving drunk in 2013. Authorities warn that the 18-year-old, who got 10 years’ probation when sentenced last year, is making matters worse by not turning himself in. “Every day he’s gone, things are going to get worse for him,” Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Saturday. “We don’t care where he goes, how far he goes. He’s going to be looking over his shoulder wherever he is.” With a $5,000 reward now...
  • U.S. Marshals offer $5k reward for wanted "affluenza" teen

    12/19/2015 11:07:34 AM PST · by Wolfie · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/18/2015
    U.S. Marshals offer $5k reward for wanted "affluenza" teen. U.S. Marshals eager to catch the runaway “affluenza” teen have promised a bounty for the missing brat. Agents are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for tips on the whereabouts of Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who dodged jail time for a fatal 2013 DUI wreck after his lawyers argued he was too privileged to understand the severity of what he did. The 18-year-old vanished after he failed to show up to a Dec. 11 probation hearing. His mother, Tonya Couch, is also missing. Local Tarrants County deputies began the...
  • Father of Victim Not Surprised That 'Affluenza;-Excuse Teen Has Gone Missing

    12/18/2015 5:18:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    Disgusted, yes. Shocked, no. That's what Kevin McConnell feels after learning that Ethan Couch — the teenager who killed four people and injured several others, including McConnell's then 12-year-old son Lucas, while driving drunk on a Texas road - is on the lam. In the McConnells' view, Couch was never held accountable. ... On the night of June 15, 2013, Couch and some friends stole beer from a Walmart. They started drinking and then hit the road, with Couch behind the wheel. That same evening, Hollie Boyles and her daughter Shelby left their home to help Breanna Mitchell, whose SUV...
  • Federal officials join search for 'affluenza' teen

    12/17/2015 5:57:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2015 6:49 PM EST
    The U.S. Marshals Service have joined the search for a teenager who was serving probation for killing four people in a 2013 drunken-driving wreck after invoking a defense that he suffered from "affluenza." Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Thursday the search for 18-year-old Ethan Couch was drawing federal resources. The FBI says arrangements are being made for the bureau to join the search. ...
  • Warrant out for Ethan Couch, the drunken-driving 'affluenza' teen

    12/16/2015 1:06:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/16/2015 | Ashley Fantz and Ben Brumfield,
    An arrest warrant has been issued for a teenager who, two years ago, made national news when he was sentenced to probation in Texas for a drunken driving crash that killed four people. Ethan Couch's defense coined an infamous defense -- that he suffered from "affluenza," or that he was a rich kid who was less to blame for his crime because his parents didn't set limits for him. Ethan Couch's probation officer couldn't reach him this week, Couch's lawyers told CNN. Couch's mother, with whom the 18-year-old lives, is also missing, said Scott Brown and William Reagan. Their apparent...
  • 'Affluenza' teen sought after probation officer lost contact

    12/15/2015 5:52:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2015 7:17 PM EST
    A juvenile-court equivalent of an arrest warrant has been issued for a teenager who killed four people in a 2013 drunken-driving wreck near Fort Worth, then claimed as part of his defense that he suffered from "affluenza." [...] (Ethan) Couch was 16 when he drunkenly rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people, killing four. ...
  • Generation unprepared: The school and university leavers with no skills to work at all

    07/14/2015 8:20:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 7/14/2015 | Unknown
    OVER the past 18 months, Queensland mining employer Jack Trenamen has developed a formula that helps him predict the performance of his new apprentices. The country kids who have worked on mum and dads farm from a young age will work hard and appreciate every dollar they get. You cant fault em on work ethic, he says, adding that it shows in their performance. But the ones who come from more affluent areas, whether that be from the big cities where their parents are a bit more well off and happy to give them pocket money, or mining regions where...
  • Father of 'affluenza' teen arrested in North Texas

    08/20/2014 2:07:54 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 11 replies ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 | AP
    NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas The father of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has been arrested for impersonating an officer.
  • Jerry Brown: Affluent Families 'Not Producing' Children

    08/12/2014 8:49:35 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 73 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/11/2014 | Penny Starr
    I don't know what the affluent families are doing, Brown said. They're not producing or something, because half the kids in schools are from low-income families. At the conference, held in San Diego, Calif., in late June, Brown said California had addressed the fact that millions of children in the states school do not speak English. You have to do more to be able to create that opportunity and that pathway for those families that are not having that same skill of speaking English as others, Brown said. Its pretty amazing, Brown said. I don't know what the affluent families...
  • Philip Chism allegedly choked, beat state worker

    06/21/2014 7:08:42 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 19, 2014 | Laura Crimaldi
    A prosecutor raised concerns about the safety of people around a 15-year-old Danvers boy accused of raping and killing his high school math teacher in newly released court documents that provide more detail about his alleged assault of a female counselor at a juvenile detention facility.
  • Report: Taxpayers Footing Rehab Bill for Affluenza Teen (Ethan Couch in Texas)

    06/11/2014 5:09:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Root ^ | 6/06/14 | Breanna Edwards
    Ethan Couch, the Texas teen whose deadly drunk driving was excused by a lenient judge because of "affluenza," is serving his time in rehab on mostly taxpayers' money, RadarOnline reports. According to RadarOnline, it is largely the public who will be responsible for the now 17-year-old's $438,000-per-year rehab treatment. "Recently a judge ruled that the teen should be sent to North Texas State Hospital in Vernon. The hospital's rehab program charges $700 a day, but since it is a partially state-funded institution, Couch's parents would only be charged $38 per day for their son's treatment," Kenneth Webster, a contributor to...
  • Family of teen in affluenza case to pay paralyzed victim $2M

    05/08/2014 10:12:53 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 7, 2014 | Staff
    The family of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has agreed to pay more than $2 million to the family of a boy who was paralyzed in the accident, according to court documents detailing the first approved settlement in the case,
  • Affluenza teens family to pay victim $2M

    05/06/2014 11:18:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2014 1:29 PM EDT
    The family of a Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has agreed to pay more than $2 million to the family of a boy left paralyzed by the accident. Tarrant County court documents show that the liability insurer of Ethan Couchs parents agreed to pay more than $1 million in cash and the rest in two annuities to a trust established for Sergio Molina.
  • Family of 'affluenza' teen settles with victims' families

    03/18/2014 7:36:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    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 Couchs 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...
  • Judge orders no jail for teen in fatal car wreck

    02/06/2014 8:49:43 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 35 replies
    MSN News ^ | February 6, 2014 | By Nomaan Merchant of AP
    "Judge Jean Boyd again decided to give no jail time for Ethan Couch, defense attorney Reagan Wynn and prosecutors told reporters after the hearing, which was closed to the public. Prosecutors had asked Boyd to sentence him to 20 years in state custody on charges related to two people who were severely injured."
  • Affluenza Teen Ethan Couch Sentenced to Undetermined Amount of Rehab

    02/06/2014 5:31:12 AM PST · by Wolfie · 31 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | 02/05/14
    Affluenza Teen Ethan Couch Sentenced to Undetermined Amount of Rehab No minimum time set for treatment The Tarrant County intoxication manslaughter case involving "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch touched off more controversy Wednesday, as the teen was spared further jail time but ordered to rehab. The 16-year-old was back in court Wednesday after prosecutors requested jail time on charges related to two people who suffered injuries in the crash that killed four others last June. On Wednesday afternoon, Couch's attorney said Judge Jean Boyd ordered his client to a rehabilitation facility that would be paid for by his parents, but didn't...
  • Outrage over rich teen's 'affluenza' defense in 4 deaths

    12/13/2013 2:16:36 AM PST · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    Atlanta Journal ^ | December 12, 2013
    There's no end to the Internet outrage after a Texas teen who killed four people appears to have gotten a lenient sentence precisely because he's from a wealthy, privileged family. "Sixteen-year-old Ethan Couch, who was driving three times over the legal limit for an adult when he killed four strangers, found out that he will likely recieve treatment at a high-end rehab facility in California." (Via WFAA)
  • Parents say "enough" as child parties go wild

    01/17/2007 4:20:52 PM PST · by Ptarmigan · 80 replies · 2,046+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 17, 2007 | Belinda Goldsmith
    NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters Life!) - Heard the one about a group of seven-year-olds picked up in stretch limousines to transport them to a friend's birthday party? Or New York's designer candy store, Dylan's Candy Bar, that charges $1,200 for a 90-minute party for 20 preschoolers? Or the sleepover party at New York's upmarket FAO Schwarz toy store on ritzy Fifth Avenue where a store spokeswoman said prices start from $25,000?