Attorneys for “affluenza teen,” Ethan Couch, are going to the Texas Supreme Court in an attempt to get him released from jail.
NBC DFW reports that the lawyers filed the request on Friday, arguing that the judge was wrong for sentencing the 19-year-old to two years behind bars, after his case was previously handled in juvenile court. They also claimed that the judge who ordered Couch to serve jail time had no jurisdiction over juvenile matters, which are civil, since the judge handled criminal cases only.
In 2015, Couch was sentenced to ten years probation in after he was found “guilty” of four counts of “intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault.” Couch killed four people in 2013, during a drunk driving episode in Tarrant County, Texas. He was coined the “affluenza teen” after a psychologist who testified during his trial told the judge he suffered from affluenza, a term meaning a psychological malaise that affects wealthy children who aren’t forced to live by the same rules as other children.
Part of the teen’s probation requirements were to stay away from alcohol, but in late December 2015, a video leaked that showed Couch allegedly playing “beer pong” with friends. Shortly after, Couch fled to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, with his mother, Tonya Couch, but they were extradited within a few weeks after a tip led to their capture. The judge sentenced Couch to serve 180 days in jail for his original 2013 charge.
This isn’t the first time Couch’s lawyers have tried to get him out of jail. Last year, they filed a similar motion, claiming that his case should have never went to adult court last year when his charges were previously handled in juvenile court. The motion was denied.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are apparently upset that Couch’s lawyers are taking the case to the Texas Supreme Court. They wrote a damning statement on Facebook, in response to the motion, in hopes that Couch remains behind bars.
These latest antics of “Affluenza” teen Ethan Couch and his lawyers are cruel and insulting to the families of the four…
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