Star-Telegram files 2nd motion in juvenile court over closure

01/31/2014 10:50 AM

11/12/2014 4:18 PM

The Star-Telegram and five other Dallas-Fort Worth media outlets jointly filed a motion Friday in state District Judge Jean Boyd’s Tarrant County juvenile court asking her to make documents public in a murder case that she recently closed to the public.

Boyd, who received intense national publicity in December when she gave teenager Ethan Couch 10 years’ probation and therapy for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed four people, closed her courtroom twice in the past few weeks during a murder trial involving another teen.

In that case, a 17-year-old was accused of beating a 16-year-old to death with a hammer. Boyd closed a pretrial hearing and another after the teen, who was a juvenile at the time of the slaying, pleaded guilty.

Because the case has been settled, the motion asks Boyd to make public copies of the transcripts of all hearings in the case and to set aside or vacate any closure order.

This is the second motion filed this week in Boyd’s court by the Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, KDFW/Channel 4, KXAS/Channel 5, WFAA/Channel 8 and KTVT/Channel 11.

On Wednesday, the media outlets filed a plea in intervention asking Boyd to give them a chance to make arguments about why any future hearings in the Couch case should remain open.

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