Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Sued

Texas – Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips and his wife have been sued over the 2009 death of a teen in a traffic accident.

The wrongful death lawsuit alleges Phillips and his wife, Lyn, let minors drink alcohol at their home.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the suit was filed Tuesday in Bastrop by Cheryl and Bobby King, whose 17-year-old daughter Audrey died in the single-vehicle wreck. They seek unspecified damages.

The lawsuit says the ex-judge's then-20-year-old son had a party, his parents were home and were aware "that minors were getting drunk in their backyard."

Attorney Richard Mithoff, representing the Phillips family, denied that the couple served or provided alcohol or allowed anyone to become intoxicated.

Phillips retired from the high court in 2004 and is now in private practice.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

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