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Can affluence be used as a medical excuse to get a lighter sentence in a drunk driving case? That's what appears to have happened in the case of a teenager convicted of the crime in Texas.

FOX News Radio's Chris Foster reports:

On Tuesday, a judge in Fort Worth, Texas gave Ethan Couch ten years probation for killing four pedestrians-- driving drunk in June. He's 16 years-old and could have gotten 20 years in prison. But, a defense psychologist testified that he suffered from "affluenza," describing a condition where kids from wealthy families are taught a sense of entitlement and are unable to link bad behavior with consequences. In response to the news about the case, the American Psychiatric Association says "affluenza" is not an actual diagnosis. It's a term used since at least the late 90's, but nothing in actual medical books.

Chris Foster, FOX News Radio.

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