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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'...

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...

Affluenza Teen&#39;s Mom Deported Back to US
'Affluenza' Teen's Mom
Deported Back to US

'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...

Affluenza Teen Gets 3 More Days in Mexico

Ethan Couch wins delay of deportation

(Newser) - "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...

Ethan Couch Faces Just 4 Months in Jail

Prosecutors frustrated by quirk in Texas law

(Newser) - After killing four people while driving drunk and becoming an international fugitive over an alleged probation violation, Ethan Couch is about to get the firmest slap on the wrist Texas can deliver. The 18-year-old, who was recaptured in Mexico on Monday, will face a maximum punishment of 120 days behind...

Affluenza Teen's Mom to Face Charges

Arrest warrant to be issued for Tonya Couch

(Newser) - It looks like the mother of the "affluenza teen" will in fact face consequences for allegedly helping her son flee the law. After Texas 18-year-old Ethan Couch, who killed four people in a drunk-driving crash in 2013, was found in Mexico with his mother, Tonya, Monday night, Tarrant County...

'Affluenza' Teen Found in Mexico With Darkened Hair

Ethan Couch and his mom are nabbed in Mexico

(Newser) - "Affluenza" teen Ethan Couch is a fugitive no more. The 18-year-old and his mother were detained near the Mexican beach town of Puerto Vallarta on Monday after weeks on the run, reports CNN . Few details were released about their capture, but the prosecutor's office in Jalisco state says...

Missing Affluenza Teen Believes 'Law Doesn't Apply to Him': Sheriff

Ethan Couch, mom may be in her pickup truck, authorities say

(Newser) - "Affluenza teen" Ethan Couch, the Texas 18-year-old who allegedly violated his probation after a drunk-driving crash that killed four bystanders, is still missing along with his mother . They may be traveling in her black 2011 Ford F150 pickup truck, authorities said at a press conference Monday. The Harley Davidson...

'Affluenza' Teen May Have Fled Country With Mom

Feds join search for Ethan Couch

(Newser) - "Affluenza" teen Ethan Couch is still a fugitive and authorities fear his wealthy family may have taken mollycoddling to a whole new level and helped him flee the country. When probation officers couldn't reach the 18-year-old after an alleged probation violation , they discovered that the Texas home he...

'Affluenza' Teen Has Gone Missing

Warrant issued for Ethan Couch

(Newser) - The "affluenza" teen is missing: A probation officer hasn't been able to reach Ethan Couch, who was sentenced to 10 years of probation after killing four people while driving drunk in 2013, or Couch's mother. A warrant has been issued for the Texas 18-year-old; if he's...

Beer Pong Video Could Sink Infamous 'Affluenza' Teen

Teen whose wealth helped him avoid prison could be violating his probation

(Newser) - The Texas teen who famously cited "affluenza" in a successful bid to skirt prison time after killing four people in a drunk driving crash is once again facing possible incarceration, after a 6-second video allegedly showing him playing beer pong surfaced on Twitter this week. The tweet from @BlondeSpectre...

Troubling Details Emerge in 'Affluenza Kid' Crash

Teen, parents gave deposition in lawsuit

(Newser) - The Texas teenager who killed four people while driving drunk and got off with probation thanks to an " affluenza ' defense says he doesn't even remember the crash. In newly released deposition footage, Ethan Couch says he believed his parents knew that he was a drinker and his...

The Christmas Catalog for the Super Rich Is Here Again

Stuff your stocking like the 1%

(Newser) - You know what they say: Money can't buy taste, but it can buy a motorcycle ride with Ted Logan himself, Keanu Reeves. That's right, it's time again to peek at how the 1% are treating themselves this holiday season with the 89th annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book...

Dad of 'Affluenza' Teen Accused of Posing as a Cop

Fred Couch even flashed a badge to another officer

(Newser) - Another strange turn for the family linked to the infamous "affluenza" defense . The father of the teen who killed four people while driving drunk but got off with only probation has been charged with impersonating a police officer in Texas, reports . Police say that when they showed...

Teen Ordered to Hand Over 'Affluenza' Records

Judge sides with passenger injured by Ethan Couch

(Newser) - The psychologist who inadvertently made the term "affluenza" a term to be ridiculed isn't out of the national spotlight just yet. A judge has sided with the family of a teen injured in the crash caused by Ethan Couch, ordering Couch's attorneys to turn over all their...

Family of 'Affluenza' Teen to Pay Survivor Nearly $3M

Victim was paralyzed in crash that killed 4 others

(Newser) - The parents of the teen who gained national notoriety for his "affluenza" defense after a deadly DUI crash will pay a paralyzed victim almost $3 million. The family of Ethan Couch reached the settlement with the family of Sergio Molino, who was riding in the back of Couch's...

'Affluenza' Teen's Parents to Pay Fraction of Rehab Fee

Ethan Couch's family responsible for about $1K of $21K monthly bill

(Newser) - Remember "affluenza teen" ? That would be Ethan Couch of Texas, who killed four people while driving drunk at age 16. The relatively light sentence he drew—probation and treatment in rehab—drew national scorn, and this won't help: His parents have been ordered to pay $1,170...

'Affluenza' DUI Teen Dodges Jail Again

Ethan Couch gets rehab for badly injuring 2 teens

(Newser) - Too rich for jail? Prosecutors have failed in a second attempt to send a Texas teen who killed four people and severely injured two others in a drunk-driving accident to prison. Ethan Couch, who got 10 years probation for killing four pedestrians , was back before the same judge yesterday to...

Prosecutors Try Again to Put 'Affluenza' DUI Teen in Jail

They say he still must be sentenced over 2 teens injured in the crash

(Newser) - It's a long shot, but the Texas teen who escaped jail time after a deadly DUI crash on a controversial "affluenza" defense might have to spend time in jail after all. Prosecutors are raising what amounts to a legal technicality: While Ethan Couch was sentenced to probation over...

Psychologist Regrets Using 'Affluenza' in Court

But controversial concept got DUI teen out of jail

(Newser) - Chances are you've heard about the "affluenza" defense that enabled a Texas teenager who killed four people while driving drunk to escape jail time this week. Well, the psychologist who used it in court wishes that weren't so. “I wish I had never used the term,...

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