breaking news

Watch live: PBC parents, students talk to the school board about safety

Florida Supreme Court rejects John Goodman’s appeal


The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Wellington polo mogul John Goodman’s claims that his DUI manslaughter conviction was tainted because of flaws in the way his blood was collected after the 2010 crash that killed Scott Wilson.

In a 35-page opinion, the high court ruled that Goodman’s scientifically and legally complex arguments aren’t sufficient to raise questions about his conviction and 16-year prison sentence. The decision was unanimous with Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, a former Palm Beach County circuit judge, electing not to participate in the case.

RELATED: More Post stories about John Goodman’s DUI case

Goodman challenged rules established by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concerning how blood is drawn from suspected drunk drivers. In upholding the rules, the high court blocked yet another avenue Goodman has tried to use to win a new trial.

The appeal is one of several Goodman has launched since 2014 when he was convicted for a second time in the Wellington crash that pushed Wilson’s car into a canal where the 23-year-old recent engineering graduate drowned. As part of his DUI manslaughter conviction, both juries also agreed he failed to render aid. His first conviction was thrown out due to jury misconduct.

In a separate appeal, the millionaire is asking the high court to overturn a July decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal that rejected various claims, including that his punishment should not be enhanced for failing to render aid because he claimed he didn’t know he had driven into Wilson’s car.

Check back for updates.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

‘You can make your days count’ — Billy Graham’s message in WPB address
‘You can make your days count’ — Billy Graham’s message in WPB address

Evangelist Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at 99, spoke of life’s brevity when he addressed then-Palm Beach Atlantic College’s graduates in West Palm Beach in 1997. “Not one of us at any age has a clue as to how long we will live. You can’t count your days. But you can make your days count,” Graham, then 78, said. &ldquo...
Boynton Beach has timetable for final downtown pitch
Boynton Beach has timetable for final downtown pitch

Boynton Beach’s 16-acre Town Square redevelopment plan received another nod of approval from city commissioners, but not from all. Commissioner Mack McCray voted against the project because he doesn’t know how the city will pay for it and Commissioner Joe Casello is still not happy with the location of the new police station at High Ridge...
Fair housing group sues owner of Boynton complex for discrimination
Fair housing group sues owner of Boynton complex for discrimination

The owner of a small apartment complex in Boynton Beach has been sued by a fair housing group, claiming he refuses to rent to families. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, the Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches accuses Alan Beigel, owner of BB Apartments on Southeast Third Avenue, of violating the Federal Housing...
Broward school shooting: Walkouts, demonstrations dot South Florida
Broward school shooting: Walkouts, demonstrations dot South Florida

Throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Martin and St. Lucie counties, students took to social media and showed the many ways they were remembering those killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on its one-week anniversary. On Wednesday at 10:17 a.m. -- a full week to the minute of the shooting which took 17 lives in Parkland -- there was...
UPDATE: More than 1,000 students march on Boca Raton City Hall
UPDATE: More than 1,000 students march on Boca Raton City Hall

At least 1,000 students from Boca Raton High School, Boca Raton Middle School, Omni Middle School, Olympic Heights and West Boca Raton High School converged at Boca Raton City Hall to urge for gun control. Nicole Auchinleck, a 17-year-old at Boca Raton High, said she helped coordinate the massive rally using the social media app Snapchat.  &ldquo...
More Stories