The group wants 30,000 signatures by Ethan Couch's next hearing
The group launched a petition Monday calling for a case transfer, saying such a move would ensure Couch is held accountable for killing four in a drunk driving accident. Couch’s attorneys infamously argued the teen was privileged to completely understand right from wrong and thus should not have to suffer the consequences of his actions. Couch received 10 years of probation for four counts of intoxicated manslaughter.
“Couch is not a child. His actions are not that of a child,” MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Churchsaid in a statement. “Four people were killed and several injured, and Couch continues to show no remorse and blatant disregard for the law.”
MADD is asking for the signatures by Jan. 19 so that the prosecutor in the case has them on hand before a transfer hearing scheduled for the same day. The group says if he is transferred to adult court ensures “his probation extends beyond his 19th birthday in April 2016.”
The saga of the so-called “affluenza teen” has continued to make headlines since the crash and subsequent court case. The teen and his mother were apprehended after fleeing to Mexico amid an investigation into whether the teen violated his probation.