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Published: Fri, September 02, 2016
Health | By Constance Griffith

Attorneys want Ethan Couch released from jail

Attorneys want Ethan Couch released from jail

According to the well-paid attorneys of Couch, the judge who sentenced him to a two-year sentence for violating his probation and fleeing to Mexico had no authority to sentence the teen because the case was allegedly a civil one, not criminal.

KTVT reported situations like Couch's are considered to be civil proceedings, according to state law, but the judge involved, Wayne Salvant, is a Tarrant County Criminal Court Judge. He needed rehabilitation - not time behind bars, they argued. Four people died in the incident and others were injured. Almost six month later, on December 10, 2013, he was sentenced by a Texas juvenile court judge to ten years probation and ordered to spend time in a rehabilitation center.

Defense lawyers for Couch successfully argued that he was coddled by wealthy parents and lacked a sense of responsibility for his actions. The case and ruling were widely ridiculed by the community.

Couch's case once again drew attention after he was seemingly caught on video at a party where alcohol was being consumed. US authorities said the Texas teenager serving probation for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck after invoking an "affluenza" defense, was in custody in Mexico, weeks after he and his mother disappeared.

The mother and son then drove 1,200 miles to the Pacific beach resort of Puerto Vallarta where they stayed at Los Tules. The teen's hair had been dyed jet black, as opposed to his normal blonde look.

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Both pilots have been removed from their duties and are due to appear in Paisley Sheriff Court. The act stipulates that a pilot can not have a blood-alcohol level of more than.02.

Attorneys for the so-called "Affluenza Teen" are asking for him to be released from jail. She was charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon, fitted with a Global Positioning System monitor and placed on house arrest.

The two were arrested and returned to Tarrant County, in Texas.

In May, Couch was transferred from a maximum security facility to a "less restrictive" location, but reportedly still spends much of his time in solitary confinement for his own protection.

When Couch went on trial for the four homicides during the summer of 2013, his defense team argued for a lenient punishment.

Prosecutors will not be able to issue a comment on this latest attempt to free Couch, because the judge has aissued a gag order on everyone involved in the case.

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