The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

“Affluenza” Defense:
The Rich Are Sick!

Feb 17, 2014

16-year-old Ethan Couch had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit and had Valium in his system when he plowed his pickup truck into a group of people helping a woman whose car had stalled. He killed four people and severely injured two more, one of whom is paralyzed and can only communicate by blinking. Yet he was sentenced to no jail time. Instead, he got probation and was ordered to go to a country-club rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents.

His legal team pulled a new trick out of their, ... er, hats: They hired an expert to testify that Couch had “affluenza.” He was so rich and so coddled by his parents, they said, that he never learned how to be responsible. And the judge bought it!

Sounds like a sickness our whole society needs to be cured of!