APPEAL BY “AFFLUENZA TEEN” DENIED BY TEXAS SUPREME COURT

Dallas News:
The Texas Supreme Court has denied a request by Ethan Couch to intervene in his case and potentially get him released from jail early.

Couch’s attorneys claimed in a court filing that the judge who sentenced 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.

But on Thursday, the state’s highest court denied Couch’s writ of mandamus.

Couch, who turned 20 Tuesday, 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 the teen suffered “affluenza” because of his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy parents.

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