- Texas teenager won't go to jail for drunk driving incident that killed four people
- Paul Callan says lawyer is citing a defense of "affluenza," not an acceptable argument
- He says judge should have refused to accept deal, should have blasted "affluenza" idea
- Callan: Justice is supposed to be impartial, not a tool to allow rich to escape responsibility
Paul Callan, a CNN legal analyst, is a former New York homicide prosecutor and media law professor. Follow him on Twitter: @PaulCallan This article was originally published in 2013.
(CNN)American lawyers have never been accused of lacking creativity in seeking to justify the nefarious deeds of their clients. Texas defense attorney Scott Brown, however, appears to have raised the bar to a new level by asserting the newly minted defense of "affluenza" to obtain leniency in a tragic vehicular homicide case arising out of the reckless driving of his very drunk and very rich 16-year-old client, Ethan Couch.