In this handout provided by the U.S. Marshals, suspect Ethan Couch poses for a mugshot photo. Couch is wanted for probation violation out of Tarrant County, Texas. Couch's case made national news in 2013 when he was sentenced to 10 years probation for the vehicular manslaughter of four people. Handout—Getty Images
Handout—Getty Images
By Maya Rhodan
January 11, 2016

The anti-drunk driving advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants 30,000 people to join it in demanding that “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch’s case be moved from juvenile to adult court.

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.


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