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Affluenza teen Ethan Couch hires hot shot Mexican attorney to represent him

January 2, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Affluenza teen Ethan Couch hires hot shot Mexican attorney to represent him

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Ethan Couch, the affluenza Texas teen who is currently jailed in Mexico, has hired a renown high-profile Mexican attorney who has a history of winning major cases to represent him.

Fernando Benitez confirmed on Twitter, Friday he is representing Couch. Benitez told NBC News that he intends to make sure that Couch is treated lawfully.

Benitez wrote in a Twitter message: “My interest is that if they are looking for his extradition to the United States, that it proceeds only according to the Constitution and the law.”

The attorney refused to say who was picking up the cost. Police arrested the 18-year-old and his mother after they went on the lam in Puerto Vallarta on Monday.

Couch’s extradition was blocked after Benitez filed a writ of Amparo, which a procedure under Mexican law that protects a person’s human rights.

Benitez, best known for winning some high-profile cases, represented Andrew Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine, who spent 214 days in a Mexican prison after he accidentally crossing the Mexican border with rifles in the trunk of his car.

Another of Benitez’ clients was Jorge Hank Rhon; The former mayor of Tijuana, arrested by police after a search of his home uncovered guns inside his home, which investigators linked to several murders.

A judge dismissed the charges against Rhon after Benitez argued that police conducted the search without a warrant, which deemed the evidence inadmissible in court.

Mexican authorities must respect the order issued in the U.S. for Couch’s arrest under an extradition treaty between the U.S. and Mexico.

The only way Couch would be allowed to stay was if he filed for asylum, according to Texas-based attorney Aldo Salazar who is also licensed to practice in Mexico.

“Asylum is granted to those who can prove a well-founded fear of persecution. I’m not sure “affluenza” would qualify,’ said immigration attorney Nicolas Chavez.

Meanwhile, Mexico deported Tonya Couch back to the Los Angeles on late Wednesday, where she remains in custody awaiting a hearing set for early next week.

Prosecutors formally charged her with allegedly aiding and abetting the apprehension of her son, and a bond was set at $1 million.

Her attorneys, Stephanie K. Patten, and Steve Gordon are maintaining their client did not break Texas laws, and she is eager to have her day in court.

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