MADD to Attend Ethan Couch Transfer Hearing Tuesday, January 19
WHAT: Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) will attend Ethan Couch’s transfer hearing on January 19, 2016 at 8:30a.m. where the prosecution’s motion to transfer Couch from juvenile to adult court will be heard.
“Transferring Couch to adult court gives the criminal justice system the opportunity to hold him accountable by ensuring his probation extends beyond his 19th birthday in April 2016,” said MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church, whose 18-year-old son Dustin was killed by an underage drunk and drugged driver. “Couch is not a child. His actions are not that of a child, and everything possible must be done to hold him accountable and to ensure that Couch has no more victims.”
WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
7:45a.m. - MADD to arrive at Juvenile Justice Center
8:30a.m. - Transfer hearing scheduled to begin
WHERE: Scott D. Moore Juvenile Justice Center
2701 Kimbo Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76111
WHO: Jason Derscheid, MADD North Texas Executive Director will be available for media interviews.
WHY: On Monday, January 11, MADD launched the #FightAffluenza petition demanding Couch’s case be moved from juvenile to adult court. The petition went live at madd.org/fightaffluenza.
MADD asked for 30,000 petition signatures before Couch’s hearing on January 19. Within 24 hours, MADD received more than 30,000 signatures, leading MADD to double their goal to 60,000 signatures.
On Tuesday morning, prior to the transfer hearing, MADD will provide the prosecution with all petition signatures received supporting the motion.
For those personally impacted by the Couch case, or any one impacted by drunk driving, drugged driving and underage drinking consequences, MADD Victim Services are available at no charge, serving one person every fifteen minutes through local victim advocates and MADD’s 24-Hour Victim Helpline, 1-877-MADD-Help.
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