‘Affluenza' Teen's Attorneys Ask Texas Supreme Court to Intervene in Case

The attorneys for "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch have asked the Texas Supreme Court to intervene in his case, a move that would release him from jail. The lawyers allege in the court filing that the judge who sentenced to Couch to nearly two years behind bars after his case was moved from juvenile court to adult court didn't have the authority to do so. Couch gained national notoriety when he was sentenced to 10 years probation for killing four people and seriously injuring two others in a drunken driving crash in 2013. He was 16 at the time. A psychologist testified that he suffered "affluenza" because of his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy parents. A video surfaced in December 2015 that appeared to show Couch at a party where people were playing beer pong, which violated the terms of his probation. He missed a meeting with his probation officer and fled with his mother, Tonya Couch, to Puerto Vallarta.   Continue reading...

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