Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old who recently escaped with a mere slap on the wrist after causing the death of 4 people while drinking and drinking, had a case of crippling 'Affluenza'. You've heard of it, I'm sure. The disease of being so privileged you don't know that consequences of your behavior apply to you? You've probably never heard of it, because it isn't real. It sounded real enough to a judge in Texas who freed Couch, sentencing him to 10 years of probation. Which is, you know, not jail.
All sarcasm now dropped, the case was a sickening one, and the country -- not to mention the living victims and the families of those who have died -- are still reeling after the shocking determination about Couch's fate was handed down. Recently, lawyer's notes and the released 911 tapes make it clear now more than ever that however rich he may be, Couch was no fool: He knew exactly what he was doing and that it was wrong.
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Notes taken by one of the lawyers for the prosecution reveal some shocking details about that terrible night. The lawyers notes indicate that after taking all those lives and injuring several others, Couch immediately took off running. Not exactly the actions of a man who didn't understand that what he had just done was awful and wrong. He also apparently was quoted saying to a friend that he would help them get out of this situation. This is mere moments after the crime, and Couch is already so sure he'd get away with it. The sickening part? He was right.
The 911 tapes from the night of the accident have just been released and they are as sad and gut-wrenching as you would expect them to be. The victims are panicked and in pain. Some of them gather to pray. One caller tells the 911 officer that she spotted a young man fleeing the scene. All this information paints a vivid picture of a man who acting recklessly because he knew he could. Being sent to jail would have been the best thing for him. Who knows what else he is capable of now that he knows the rules don't apply to him?
Do you think Couch knew what he was doing was wrong?
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