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.
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.
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