The popular conception that having wealth and influence will afford you a “Get Out Of Jail Card” isn’t exactly a myth or urban legend.
Back in 2013, then 16-year-old North Texas teen, Ethan Couch admitted to being drunk and high on Valium when he contributed to the deaths of four people in his father’s stolen SUV. Couch got off with a slap on the wrist when his defense team claimed “affluenza;” a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, that in laymen’s terms, is defined as having a spoiled and sheltered upbringing makes one unaccountable for their actions, no matter how heinous they truly are.
The terms of Couch’s probation were simple: no driving, no drinking alcohol, or using drugs for ten years. On Wednesday, December 2, a new video surfaced that allegedly showed Couch was disregarding his trouble past from two years by him partaking in a beer pong game in the city of Burleson.
“ya boy [Ethan Couch] violating probation. i got more if u want,” Twitter user @BlondeSpectre wrote along with the incriminating video. The City of Burleson’s Twitter account responded and told him they had forwarded it to the police department, who had launched an investigation.
Not that anything will come from it, however. Tarrant County sheriff’s spokesman Terry Grisham told the Dallas Morning News that Couch would be getting the fairest treatment the law would allow (how about them apples?)
“He’s allowed due process at every level,” he told the press. “[Cases] are not prosecuted or revoked or modified based on hearsay or based on a grainy video that we can’t identify someone in.”
Meanwhile, in the state’s capital, Rashad Owens is living out just another day of his life sentence without parole. His crime? Admitting to being drunk during the South By Southwest Music Festival in 2014 when he contributed to the deaths of four people. Yet, his biggest offense just may be not being born with that silver spoon in his mouth. From the kitchen of a white family, of course.
Watch the alleged Ethan Couch video down below and determine your own conclusion.