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FOX4, other local media file plea to keep Ethan Couch hearing open

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FOX4 and five other North Texas media outlets filed a plea in intervention on Wednesday in State Judge Jean Boyd's Tarrant County juvenile court to keep hearings about the Ethan Couch case open.

Couch, 16, received ten years of probation from Judge Boyd for a drunk driving wreck that killed four people in June 2013. The sentence triggered outrage from many people in North Texas and across the United States.

Boyd closed her court to everyone not directly involved in a different murder case shortly after the Couch sentence on two different occasions. Boyd did not give a reason for the closure of the courtroom.

FOX4, along with the three other major TV stations in North Texas and two major newspapers, filed a joint motion requesting "reasonable notice" of any motion for courtroom closure so the media outlets could have time to make a case to keep the court open.

Texas Family Code states a juvenile defendant older than 14 should be open to the public "unless the court, for good cause shown, determines that the public should be excluded."

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