Even before last month’s release of Dennis DeMartin’s latest self-published book, the former juror in John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter trial had already become arguably the most notorious local panelist in recent memory.
Now, with allegations from Goodman’s defense team that DeMartin’s book exposes lies during jury selection and later under oath to the judge , the juror behind the drinking experiment that was previously Goodman’s best chance at a new trial has unearthed a host of new legal questions.
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Juror misconduct or mistakes
The cumulative effect of juror Dennis DeMartin’s actions could lead Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Colbath or an appellate court to conclude John Goodman deserves a new trial.
April 27, 2012: DeMartin self-published his book “Believing in the Truth” on Amazon.com. In it, he revealed that he conducted his own drinking experiment the night before jurors in Goodman’s case began deliberating.
May 11, 2012: Colbath denied Goodman’s request for a new trial. He said although DeMartin’s actions constituted misconduct, it had no effect on the jury’s verdict. Colbath then sentenced Goodman to 16 years in prison.
March 14, 2013: DeMartin publishes his third book, “Will She Kiss Me or Kill Me?” chronicling his relationship with a bi-polar woman. In it, he claims his ex-wife’s DUI arrest and subsequent affair with a fellow alcoholic unraveled his marriage. But Goodman’s defense team quickly noted that DeMartin never mentioned his ex-wife’s arrest during jury selection despite questions about family members’ prior legal troubles. Goodman’s team won an appeal to bring the case back to Colbath and argue for a new trial.
April 1: DeMartin writes a letter to Colbath, saying he did not deliberately fail to disclose his ex-wife’s DUI. He said the memory had been blocked out of his mind because of a stroke he suffered in 1988, and he only remembered in December after an encounter with one of his former in-laws.
April 9: Goodman’s defense team made more claims of dishonesty against DeMartin based on his latest book, saying he lied when he told a judge that he wasn’t familiar with the drug hydrocodone during post-trial questioning.
April 29: Colbath is scheduled to question DeMartin in court.
Source: PB Post archives; court documents.