Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dr. G. Dick MIller, the "Affluenza Shrink, is Back in the News

Ethan Couch is a spoiled rich kid, an incredibly spoiled, incredibly rich spoiled brat. He got away with killing four and injuring nine. I blogged his disgusting sentence on December 15, 2013. 16 year old Ethan got tanked up with alcohol and valium at a party in his mansion. His blood alcohol tested .24 three hours after the accident. He piled into his pickup with seven friends and plowed down at 70MPH a mother, daughter, youth minister, and a stranded motorist working on her car. All four were killed. Nine others were injured. The tragedy occurred an hour after a surveillance tape captured him stealing two cases of beer from Walmart. His rich parents exercised the Golden Rule of Law – Those with the gold make the rules. They hired the best defense attorneys and found a clinical psychologist, Dr. G. Dick Miller, who crafted the new defense of “Affluenza.” Dr. Miller is a hired gun for defense attorneys. The first listing in his areas of expertise is “Consulting services for criminal attorneys.” Other terms can be substituted for “hired gun.” He knows who pays his bills. Judge Jean Boyd of the Juvenile Court accepted both Ethan’s guilty plea and the defense of Affluenza. The prosecutor sought 20 years imprisonment. Judge Boyd sentenced Ethan to ten years of probation with treatment. His parents planned to send him to Newport Beach for a $450,000/year facility. (He’s now in a more traditional facility in Texas at taxpayers’ expense.) A volcanic eruption ensued in Texas, a land of no volcanoes. A petition circulated seeking the Governor’s removal of the judge. She has decided to retire at the end of the year. The victims and their families filed suit against Ethan, his parents, and the father’s business. The family settled all but one suit. Lucas McConnell’s suit is moving forward. His attorneys sought disclosure of Dr. Miller’s records. Judge R. H. Wallace, Jr. granted their request. The goal is probably not only to discover Ethan’s background, but also to determine if Dr. Miller is something of a quack. I’ll love to know the amount of his fee. Ethan’s attorney filed an emergency writ of mandamus with the Court of Appeals to stay the discovery. Their primary argument is the strong Texas law protecting the confidentiality of juvenile records. A secondary argument is that these records are not relevant in the civil suit since the psychologist is not an expert in this case. The problem for defense counsel is twofold. First, Dr. Miller was a witness for Ethan at the criminal proceedings. His records were discoverable. Second, Dr. Miller is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. He is publicly talking about the case, the most recent is an almost half hour interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN a short time ago. Dr. Miller now claims to regret using the word “Affluenza.” He said “I do believe we used to call these people spoiled brats.” A “spoiled brat” defense does not work in court with celebrities, athletes, actors and musicians. “Affluenza” has a pseudo psychological cachet to it. He believes the treatment has a 80% chance of Ethan Couch becoming a “fully functional citizen” under the plan versus only 10-20% of jail time. Judge Boyd also had a preference for rehabilitation of minors - at least rich, white minors. The Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay. Justice is still to be served.

4 comments:

HIS said...

Growing up, and as an adult, I always believed that our judicial system makes this country the best in the world. Unfortunately, Dr. Miller's 15 minutes of fame has shed light upon the injustice that has been pestering our judicial system for quite some time. The poor get the short end of the stick while the rich enjoy the benefit of ingenious theories such as "affluenza." If we are opening the door to interesting theories like these, then the next logical step should be introducing "impoverienza." I'm all for allowing "affluenza" if the poor can employ a similar theory, particularly for juvenile defendants. I'm up for any changes, but these changes must be applied equally across the socioecomic spectrum. If the rich can circumvent the judicial system with these theories, then let the masses as well.

skid lee said...

The time has come to hold the judges responsible for allowing these types of outrageously bogus defenses to be presented in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Miller, may the innocent mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters that got killed in the heinous affluenza murder haunt you in your dreams... I wonder what your children will think of you...

FatesWebb said...

I have seen first hand the lunacy created on a family by this "doctor." I suggest you steer clear of him as he has completely ruined the life and mind of a close friends mother to the point she is entirely out of reality. What he doesn't seem to understand is his craziness affects the lives of others. I would say he has no business guiding his own pet to its water bowl. Steer clear unless you're wanting to be more crazy. Not a sane man. He is the one that needs help.