According to a December 13 article in the NY Times; a drunk driver was sentenced to 10 years probation for an accident that lead to the death of 4 people. The driver; 16 year old Ethan Scott; is the son of a well to do Texas family.
The article goes on to say that a psychologist stated that Scott is a victim of affluenza.
According to Wikipedia; affluenza is an increase in mental disorders driven by or directly related to the wealth or income level of a country or individual. British psychologist Oliver James called affluenza a consequence of excessive wealth seeking nations.
Others did not share James’ view of affluenza. One Christian stated the following:
“The notion of affluenza is just a double standard stacked on a foundation of double standards. Has an athlete ever claimed affluenza as a defense? Where does it end?”
Others were more inclined to cautiously embrace the notion of affluenza.
“According to the Holy Bible, we are not to ask for any more or any less from anyone. God is not a respecter of persons, titles, or statuses. We should not want a stiffer penalty for rich; or poor. We should want the same for anyone. I am sure that Scott is not the first kid to receive a favorable sentence.”
The prosecutor’s office called wealth and the notion of affluenza a get out of jail free card.
Should Scott’s sentence have been stiffer?
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Source: NY Times