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‘Affluenza’ drunk driving victim refuses to settle civil lawsuit

KENS5 – BURLESON, TX The McConnell family made one thing clear Wednesday: they want a jury trial to reach a verdict in their civil lawsuit against Ethan Couch and his parents. Attorneys for the McConnells say they expect depositions to begin next month. They will seek a trail date soon after, although it’s likely that process could drag out for months. Read More »

Jury takes minutes to convict woman of ninth DWI

Brownwood Bulletin – Brownwood, TX A 35th District Court jury deliberated for just minutes Wednesday morning before convicting Brenda Kay Holland, 61, of DWI — her ninth conviction for drunken driving since the 1980s. Jurors heard punishment phase testimony for the rest of the day Wednesday but had not started to deliberate punishment as of late Wednesday afternoon. Holland testified during the punishment phase and asked jurors to show her mercy. Read More »

Can DUI Blood Draw Decision Impact Past Cases?

KELOLAND TV VERMILLION, SD – The highest court in South Dakota is being asked if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling can impact past drunk driving arrests. Donovan Siers was arrested for his third DUI in 2008 and his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the limit. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case called Missouri v. McNeely that officers need the suspect’s consent or a warrant to draw blood. Read More »