A jury convicted a Florida man today of murdering his former son-in-law, rejecting the man's defense that he was too fat to have run up and down a flight of stairs to commit the crime and make a quick getaway.
The characters that video game users choose for themselves � their avatars � can affect their thoughts and emotions in those virtual environments, whether it's Mario or Luigi or the colors of a football uniform, according to research by a University of Texas communication studies professor.
The term affluenza was popularized in the late 1990s by Jessie O’Neill, the granddaughter of a past president of General Motors, when she wrote the book The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence. It has since been used to describe a condition in which children – generally from richer families – have a sense of entitlement, are irresponsible, make excuses for poor behavior, and sometimes dabble in drugs and alcohol, explained Dr. Gary Buffone, a Jacksonville, Fla., psychologist who does family wealth advising.
Don't even get me started on the junk science of Affluenza! How it came in and why a judge would listen to the drivel is Kafkaesque.
On a lighter note - I had a doper selling to an undercover "drive up" cop. The defense counsel, who opined his client was "difficult", asked to borrow the tape of the transaction (multi camera with excellent resolution and clarity) and show it to his client in the jail. The attorney came back red faced. His client admitted that his face was in the video as the dealer, but he insisted he was not guilty, "because I don't own a shirt like that", the defendant claimed. We came close to trial, but, alas, the defendant caved. I really wanted him to get on the stand and see the defendant make the claim to a jury. There are times when I won't waive a jury, but this is one where I knew the judge would be pretty frustrated if I took it to 12 good citizens for a laugh.
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