Rich Records: Affluenza Teen Appeal Denied

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FORT WORTH -- The legal matters hanging over Ethan Couch and his family will remain for the foreseeable future.

Their legal team will determine the next course of action after a recent setback in a civil lawsuit. It’s one that could potentially lead to a financial nightmare.

The Keller 16-year old is currently inside a state-run rehabilitation facility. Ethan Couch was sentenced to undergo treatment and probation for driving drunk and killing four people in June 2013.

His attorney successfully argued at trial that the boy suffers from affluenza, which essentially means his wealthy upbringing contributed to his inability to distinguish between right and wrong.

While the argument worked to keep Couch out prison, his legal troubles are far from finished.

On Tuesday, a court of appeals denied his attorney’s attempt to keep the records of psychologist Dr. Dick Miller sealed. It was Dr. Miller’s testimony and assessment that allowed Couch to escape a harsher punishment.

The ruling now allows a plaintiff suing the Couch Family, access to any notes and patient files Dr. Miller has on Ethan Couch. His attorney says he considering an appeal.

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