Ethan Couch, 16, was sentenced to 10 years' probation but no jail time this week, following a drunk driving accident that left four people dead.
The controversial argument made by his defense, and now the debate over whether the punishment fits his crime, have made this a national story.
To the families of the four deceased victims, Ethan Couch was a killer on the road, a drunken, reckless driver who caused the crash that ended lives.
To the defense, the youth is himself a victim of "affluenza," according to one psychologist - a product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits.
The judge appears to have bought into the defense theory, or at least the idea that he's a young man in need of treatment, because he's not going to jail.
The decision disappointed prosecutors and stunned victims' family members, who say they feel that Couch got off too easy. Prosecutors sought 20 years.