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International Business Times - Ethan Couch And 'Affluenza': Can His Parents Be Sued For 'Bad Parenting' At His Civil Trial? Experts Weigh In

Ethan Couch’s “affluenza” argument that helped sway a judge to give the Texas teen probation instead of a prison sentence may also be a factor in the civil case against the 16-year-old who killed four people and injured nine others.

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“Affluenza may be a term that would catch the ear of the particular judge, but that’s not the real defense,” Arnold Loewy, the George Killiam professor of criminal law at Texas Tech Law School, told International Business Times. 

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