- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A Texas appeals court has determined a state district judge in North Texas did not have sufficient reason to close juvenile court hearings involving a teenager accused of capital murder.

The 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth ruled Tuesday that Judge Jean Boyd abused her discretion when she barred media and the public from two January hearings. The appeals court ordered that transcripts from the hearings be released.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports (https://bit.ly/1ouNdEf ) the hearings involved a 16-year-old boy charged with beating a 17-year-old.

Boyd has said she closed the hearings because of the media’s earlier decision to publicize details in an unrelated juvenile case. In that case, Ethan Couch was given probation after he drunkenly rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people last year, killing four.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, https://www.star-telegram.com

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