Ethan Couch

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Affluenza Teen's Lawyers Fighting to Get Him Released

Ethan Couch should never have been sentenced to jail, they argue

(Newser) - If you thought the affluenza teen's saga was over when he was caught after fleeing to Mexico and sentenced to two years in jail , well, you were wrong. Ethan Couch's lawyers are now arguing that the judge who sentenced him to those two years had no authority to... More »

Affluenza Teen Will Spend 2 More Years in Jail

Texas judge upholds Ethan Couch ruling

(Newser) - "Affluenza teen" Ethan Couch is going to be 21 years old by the time he gets out of jail. A Texas judge who had suggested he might reconsider his ruling affirmed it on Wednesday, meaning the 19-year-old will serve 180 days behind bars for each of the four people... More »

'Affluenza Teen' to Spend Nearly 2 Years in Jail

Ethan Couch was handed 4 180-day terms

(Newser) - Ethan Couch got "no party, no cake, no ice cream" when he turned 19 on Monday, and on Wednesday, he got something quite a bit worse. The so-called "Affluenza Teen" was sentenced to four consecutive 180-day terms in Tarrant County jail by state District Judge Wayne Salvant during... More »

Taxpayers Footed $200K Bill for Affluenza Teen's Rehab

Ethan Couch to appear before judge in adult court

(Newser) - Too rich to go to jail, too poor to go to rehab? In another twist in the Ethan Couch case, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that after lawyers successfully argued that the "affluenza" teen's privileged upbringing left him unable to tell right from wrong, the state ended up... More »

'Affluenza' Teen's Case Moved to Adult Court

Ethan Couch will likely get stricter probation conditions when he turns 19 in April

(Newser) - Two weeks ago, Ethan Couch was moved from a juvenile facility to an adult jail . Now the "affluenza" teen will move into the grown-up leagues in yet another way: A Texas judge decided Friday to transfer Couch's case from juvenile to adult court when he turns 19 on... More »

'Affluenza' Mom Off Hook for $3K Extradition Tab

Order for Tonya Couch to pay up rescinded—for now

(Newser) - It cost just over $3,175 to haul Tonya Couch from Los Angeles back to Fort Worth last month, but the mom of "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch won't have to pay it back to Texas' Tarrant County for now, the Star-Telegram reports. The elder Couch, who's accused... More »

'Affluenza' Teen Now in Adult Jail

Ethan Couch was transferred Friday

(Newser) - Authorities say a Texas judge changed his mind and decided to move "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch to an adult jail. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson confirmed during a news conference Friday that the 18-year-old Couch was moved from a juvenile detention center in Fort Worth to the adult county... More »

Judge: 'Affluenza' Teen Can Stay in Juvie

Prosecutors wanted Couch in 'big-boy jail'

(Newser) - The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck won't be moved to an adult jail as he awaits a hearing to determine whether his case will be transferred to adult court, where he could face time behind bars, a judge ruled Friday. Ethan... More »

'Affluenza' Teen's Family Has History of Legal Woes

Ethan Couch's mom and dad have been in plenty of trouble, too

(Newser) - Long before Ethan Couch and parents Fred and Tonya became notorious for using an "affluenza" defense in a drunk-driving crash that killed four people, they had multiple run-ins with the law, often flouting authority or relying on personal wealth to get out of trouble, the AP reports. The incidents—... More »

Affluenza Teen Returns to the US

Ethan Couch is finally out of Mexico

(Newser) - Just days after he dropped his deportation appeal , "affluenza teen" Ethan Couch has been returned to the US from Mexico. Couch arrived in Texas on Thursday and was expected to be taken straight to a juvenile detention center, CBS Local reports. His next court hearing is scheduled for Feb.... More »

'Affluenza' Teen Decides to Stop Fighting Mexico

Ethan Couch will likely be back in Texas this week

(Newser) - "Affluenza" teen Ethan Couch has dropped an appeal against deportation and will return to Texas to face charges in the coming days, said his Mexican lawyer Tuesday. "I gave him several options, but he decided to go to Texas to face whatever charges he faces," said attorney... More »

Lawyer: Maybe 'Affluenza' Kid Was Forced to Flee US

He says Ethan Couch has dropped deportation fight

(Newser) - Is Ethan Couch throwing his mom under the bus? A lawyer for the "affluenza" teen has suggested that he may have traveled to Mexico against his will, meaning his mother, Tonya Couch, could have kidnapped him, reports CBS News . After a hearing in the case in Texas on Tuesday,... More »

Affluenza Teen's Mom Suffers Brokefluenza: Son

Tonya Couch to be released Tuesday after posting bond

(Newser) - Tonya Couch, mom to "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch, will likely be released from jail in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday after posting bond. A Tarrant County judge reduced her bond from $1 million to $75,000 on Monday after hearing that the government has frozen Couch's bank account,... More »

MADD Petition: Send 'Affluenza' Kid to Adult Court

Ethan Couch's case is currently still in juvenile court

(Newser) - Mad that "affluenza teen" Ethan Couch avoided jail time after killing four people in a drunk driving crash, and now faces a grand total of just 120 days in jail even after allegedly violating his probation and then fleeing the country? So is MADD. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has... More »

Warrant: 'Affluenza' Teen's Mom Took $30K Before Flight

Tonya Couch also gave final goodbye to Ethan's dad

(Newser) - Weeks before "affluenza" teen fugitive Ethan Couch was arrested in Mexico with a cheap disguise of dyed hair and beard, his mother had pulled $30,000 from a bank account and told his father he'd never see them again, according to her arrest warrant. (Tonya and Fred Couch... More »

Sheriff to Affluenza Teen's Mom: Jail Is Not 'a Resort'

Tonya Couch reportedly complained about conditions

(Newser) - Tonya Couch, mom to "affluenza teen" Ethan Couch, was arraigned in Texas Friday on a charge of aiding her son's flight to Mexico after his suspected probation violation, a third-degree felony that carries a prison sentence as high as 10 years. She didn't enter a plea, Reuters... More »

Affluenza Teen's Dog Is Missing

Poor Virgil, he didn't ask for any of this

(Newser) - The dog that may be partially responsible for getting Ethan Couch's deportation to the US delayed has gone missing. The "affluenza teen" and his mom, who has been deported , brought their dog with them when they fled to Mexico, and the SPCA in Puerto Vallarta—where Ethan and... More »

Affluenza Teen Ethan Couch Gets 'Rock Star' Lawyer

It could be many months before Couch's return to US is even a possibility

(Newser) - The US teen diagnosed with " affluenza " will now be represented by a lawyer described as a "rock star." CBS DFW reports Mexican attorney Fernando Benitez will be representing Ethan Couch as he attempts to avoid deportation back to the US. Benitez is looking into whether Couch'... More »

Ethan Couch's Mom Paid His Mexican Strip Club Tab

And other stories of an affluenza teen on the lam

(Newser) - A big dog, a gentleman's club, a forgotten firearm—just a typical hotel stay for a teen with affluenza , apparently. Before being arrested in Mexico on Monday, Ethan Couch and his mom Tonya stayed a few nights at the Los Tules resort in Puerto Vallarta, where their behavior was... More »

'Affluenza' Teen's Mom Deported Back to US

But Ethan Couch could be in Mexico for months

(Newser) - For what could be the first time in his life, "affluenza" teen" Ethan Couch no longer has his mother nearby to look out for him. Mexican officials tell the AP that Tonya Couch was put on a plane from Guadalajara to Los Angeles on Wednesday because, unlike her 18-year-old... More »

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