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Texas judge orders 'affluenza' records turned over

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm •  Published: May 30, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas judge ordered attorneys for the North Texas teenager who killed four people in a deadly wreck to turn over the records of the psychologist who claimed the teen had "affluenza."

Judge R.H. Wallace Jr. on Thursday ruled that Ethan Couch's attorneys had to produce the records in a lawsuit filed by the family of a boy injured in last year's crash. One of Couch's lawyers said Friday that they would likely appeal the order.

Couch was 16 years old when he drunkenly rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people, killing four. He was given probation and is receiving treatment at the state hospital in Vernon, Texas, north of Dallas.

The family of Lucas McConnell, a boy injured in the crash, is seeking records of Dr. Dick Miller, a North Texas psychologist whose testimony last year became notorious when he claimed Couch's wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility — a condition he called "affluenza."

McConnell's family's lawyers want to take Miller's testimony again in a deposition. They also want to obtain depositions from Couch and his parents.

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