‘Affluenza’ teen likely won’t return to the U.S. anytime soon after Mexican judge delays deportation

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HOUSTON — The Texas teenager known for using an “affluenza” defence in a fatal drunken-driving accident likely won’t return to the U.S. anytime soon because of a Mexican judge’s decision to delay his deportation, U.S. law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Richard Hunter, chief deputy U.S. marshal for the southern district of Texas, said during a news conference in Houston that a three-day injunction granted to Ethan Couch will likely take at least two weeks to resolve. Authorities believe the 18-year-old, sentenced only to probation for the 2013 wreck in Texas, fled to Puerto Vallarta with his mother as prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his probation.

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