>> Remember Ethan Couch? The affluent teenager who seems to have first ducked punishment then fled the justice system? Well now he's trying to get out of jail early. A quick recap. Three years ago Couch killed four people while driving drunk. At his trial a psychologist argued that the wealthy Texas teenager suffered from, quote, Affluenza, meaning he was too rich and coddled to know right from wrong.
The judge sentenced him to probation. Then last winter, Couch and his mom fled to Mexico after authorities began looking into possible violations of his probation. The pair were caught in Puerto Vallarta and extradited to the US. All this happened while Couch was technically still in the juvenile justice system, but last April, he turned 19.
And that same month a county criminal court judge sentenced him to nearly two years in grown-up jail. But on Wednesday, Couch's lawyers argued the judge didn't have the authority to do that. Their motion says juvenile matters such as Couch's case are often considered civil proceedings and should not have gone before a criminal judge.
They argue the sentence should be reversed. Couch spends most of his days in protective solitary confinement. Couch's mother Tonya is also facing charges for money laundering and hindering the apprehension of a felon. She's on bail, and works at a bar in the Fort Worth area.