MADD Petitions to #FightAffluenza, Move Ethan Couch’s Case to Adult Court


Seeing as how “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch‘s legal troubles began when his drunk driving killed four people in 2013, it only makes sense that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) would be interested in his flight from justice and ongoing case.

Yesterday, the advocacy group posted a petition on their website, asking people join them to say that even though Couch might’ve gotten off easy last time for being a spoiled child, it’s time those days came to an end. The petition argues that Couch has shown disregard for the law and wants his case to be moved to an adult court when he returns from Mexico.

“Justice has to be served, Ethan. And it’s time. You’re not a kid,” MADD president Colleen Sheehey-Church said to ABC News. “You cannot get away with killing four people and seriously injuring others without some sort of consequences.”

While MADD asked for only 30,000 signatures, they have already reached over 32,000 supporters. The group reportedly plans to use the petition to urge a judge to transfer Couch’s probation sentence to the adult system before a hearing set for January 19.

Couch’s case regained national attention weeks ago, when he was caught possibly violating his probation, and later fled to Mexico with his mother Tonya. While they were both arrested and Ms. Couch was returned to the U.S. to face charges for aiding her son, he still remains in Mexico, where he is fighting extradition from a detention facility.

Watch a report on the story in the video above, via NBCDFW.

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