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Is "affluenza" a new defense?

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Recently, national outrage was sparked when reports were released that a young Texas teenager was sentenced to probation, after he lost control of his speeding vehicle and killed four innocent people. He was also drunk at the time.

The teenager was apparently given such a light sentence, due to "affluenza"- meaning he came from a wealthy, indulgent family.

Naturally, the sentence was not what the prosecution had sought, and there has been outrage at the sentence from across the country, especially since our society usually associates having money with being able to get away with anything. The defense in the case argued that the young man in question, though he had had a life of privilege, he also had parents who neglected and spoiled him.

No matter what the young man's issues, however, no one should ever be immune to the consequences of their actions. This young man killed several people through his own actions, which neither of his parents have nothing to do with. He should have been given a sentence that matched the crime.

What do you think of this verdict, and the defense used?

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