Reagan Wynn, attorney for "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch, spoke with CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Thursday.
On Wednesday, a judge ordered that Couch - who drove drunk and caused a crash, killing four people and injuring two - go to a lock-down residential treatment facility.
State District Judge Jean Boyd had already decided the Texas teenager would serve no jail time. He was sentenced last year to 10 years' probation.
His story made national headlines after a witness claimed Couch was a victim of "affluenza" - the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.
That particular defense, however, played no part in the judge's decision, Couch's lawyer told Cuomo.
"That term was not used by either of the lawyers that represented Mr. Couch and it was not our defense. Our defense... was that this 16-year-old child was the product of a profoundly dysfunctional family."
When Cuomo asked Wynn why his client hasn't given a statement to apologize to the victims' families, the lawyer says it is because Couch is effectively like a 12 year old.
"He's able to express remorse but quite frankly, I don't think there's anything he was going to say to anyone that was going to make them feel any better. Especially not coming from him."
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