December 12th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

Backlash grows over "rich kid" defense

Ethan Couch, a wealthy 16-year-old who killed four people after driving drunk, will avoid jail because his defense team says he suffers from "affluenza."

According to one psychologist, Couch's privileged parents never taught him right from wrong.

And the best remedy for this rare condition?

'Affluenza': Is it real?

According to CNN affiliate WFAA, his defense attorneys say it’s a $450,000 per year rehabilitation center in Newport Beach, California.

OutFront: Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of HLN's "Dr. Drew on Call” and Jessie O'Neill, a therapist who popularized the term "affluenza" in the 1990s. She says she's suffered from affluenza and now counsels others who have it.

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  1. vivian crowhurst

    The judge is retiring soon and obviously wants to leave on a high note. She is no doubt looking forward to a social life mixing with the well heeled and possibly friends of Ethan's parents. The truth is obvious – justice is blind and deaf but the judge is not. Money speaks and is heard most clearly.

    December 27, 2013 at 9:00 am | Reply

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