Affluenza Teen Gets 3 More Days in Mexico

Ethan Couch wins delay of deportation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2015 11:52 AM CST
Affluenza Teen Gets 3 More Days in Mexico
This Dec. 28, 2015 photo released by Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office shows who authorities identify as Ethan Couch, after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.   (Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office via AP)

"Affluenza teen" Ethan Couch was granted a three-day delay in his deportation from Mexico Wednesday, the AP reports. Originally, the Texas 18-year-old and his mother Tonya Couch were scheduled to be returned to the US Wednesday; it's not yet clear if Tonya Couch has been granted the same delay. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson says he was told that the Couches' attorney filed a "legal writ" to prevent the pair's deportation. "Couch and his mother cannot be deported from Mexico until legal matters are resolved," a US Marshal’s Service spokeswoman tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We simply do not know when Ethan and Tonya Couch will be returned to the US."

"Is anyone surprised the Couch duo are putting up legal fight to not return and face justice? Not me. Will it never end?" tweeted Anderson Wednesday. But, he tells reporters, this behavior is "just a continuing string of what we’ve seen all along. We're patient people. We’ll be waiting." The exact legal means used to delay deportation is not clear, but an attorney not involved in the case says a "writ of amparo" was likely filed, which would mean that the Couches "think their rights protected by the Mexican courts are being violated" by the deportation proceedings. Couch, who fled the country after a video surfaced allegedly showing him violating his probation by drinking, killed four people in a drunk-driving crash in 2013. Upon his eventual return to the US, he faces just four months behind bars. (Read more Ethan Couch stories.)

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