Judge orders Couch family to release psychological records

Ethan Couch

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Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old charged with killing four people in a drunk driving accident, arrives at Juvenile Court on December 10, 2013.




Posted on May 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Updated Friday, May 30 at 11:55 AM

TARRANT COUNTY -- A judge has ordered the family of Ethan Couch to release all psychological records used for his defense.

Couch, 16, received probation after he drove drunk, killing four people in a crash. He spent time at a California rehab center afterward, and psychologist Dr. Dick Miller testified during Couch's trial.

He used the term "affluenza" to describe the way Couch was allegedly raised with few restrictions or consequences.

The family of injured victim Lucas McConnell, 13, asked that Couch's records from his time at the rehab center be released. The Couch family argued that it would violate Couch's privacy.

The McConnell family argued that Dr. Miller's documents should be released because he had already testified in open court, and gave interviews to News 8 and CNN's Anderson Cooper.

"As to the plaintiffs' request for all records pertaining to Ethan Couch's medical and/or substance abuse treatment at Newport Academy or by any person other than Dr. Dick Miller, the defendants' motions are granted," court documents stated.

They continued with, "Defendants' claims of work product privilege, attorney-client privilege, and privilege under Rule 510, Tex.R. Evid. as to the documents and testimony sought from Dr. Miller are all overruled as having been waived."