Claims of conflict of interest on the part of the former prosecutor who led the DUI manslaughter case against Wellington polo mogul John Goodman has become the newest battleground in his legal team’s fight for a new trial.
On Wednesday, Goodman’s legal team filed a motion with the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal asking the court to relinquish its jurisdiction in the high-profile case. Defense attorneys want to argue to Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath that former Assistant State Attorney Ellen Roberts used Goodman’s prosecution first to try to get herself appointed interim state attorney, and then to secure a post-retirement job with a firm representing the victim’s father.
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