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Ethan Couch to learn terms of controversial probation

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The teenager who killed four people while drunk at the wheel will learn the terms of his controversial probation, likely without the presence of the media in the courtroom.

Ethan Couch, 16, received 10 years of probation from Judge Jean Boyd for a drunken driving wreck that killed four people in June 2013.

On Wednesday the judge is expected to indicate the terms of Couch's probation and where he will be living during that time.

His father has offered to pay for him to stay at a $1,200 per day rehab facility in California. Judge Boyd said she would evaluate that center and others closer to home that the probation department suggested.

It remains to be seen whether the media will be granted access to the hearing.

FOX 4 and five other North Texas media outlets filed a plea in intervention last week to keep hearings about the Couch case open, but the motion was denied.

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."

"It's possible for the defense to say these are the topics that are going to be discussed. One can infer from these being the topics that it is best that it not be put in the public eye, in the interest of the child," said Professor Lynne Rambo from Texas A&M's law school.

For example, she said Couch's attorneys could be trying to keep the location of his rehab center private given how widely covered his trial was by the media. It made national news and reaction to the judge's sentence was harsh for her and the Couch family.

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