Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Crime & Courts

'Affluenza' defense continues to spark more outrage

See also

National outrage has continued over the last few weeks, following the verdict in the now-infamous "affluenza" case in Texas.

As many people are now aware, the verdict was handed down following the case of a young Texas teenager, who was sentenced to probation, despite having killed four people when he lost control of his speeding vehicle while drunk.

The teenager, who was from a wealthy family, was given a light sentence, due to his lawyers claiming "affluenza"- meaning that, despite the boy's family wealthy he was neglected by his parents. The outrage at the verdict has caused a national outcry, due to the belief of many that a young, wealthy individual had gotten away with a crime due to his background.

Since the national news got a hold of the story, many experts have weighed in on the crime, the verdict, and what it may mean for the future of the legal profession. Many are now calling the "affluenza" defense the new Twinkie defense.

In the weeks since the verdict was first publicized, it has been announced that some members of the victim's family have announced their intentions to pursue a lawsuit against the boy and his family.

Despite the young man's defense of affluenza, having money should never be an excuse for getting away with a crime, especially one in which innocent lives have been lost.

What do you think of this verdict? Do you think it is the new "Twinkie" defense?

http://www.examiner.com/article/is-affluenza-a-new-defense?cid=db_articles

Advertisement

News

  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
    Headlines
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
    Headlines
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
    Sports
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Video
    Watch Video

Related Videos:

  • Bill Clinton and Sant Singh Chatwal
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518170122" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518170122&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Iraqi Police Officer Target Shooting
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517259061" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517259061&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Homegrown Jihadist Mohammad Hassan Khalid
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518074621" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518074621&autoStart=true"></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!