Yet another written work from John Goodman juror-turned-author Dennis DeMartin accompanies more allegations of misconduct tied to the Wellington polo mogul’s request filed in circuit court today seeking a new trial.
This time, attorneys for Goodman have said a closer read of DeMartin’s latest book “Will She Kiss Me or Kill Me” has unearthed lies DeMartin told Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath in the aftermath of the 2012 trial where DeMartin and five others convicted Goodman of DUI manslaughter in the Feb. 2010 death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson.
Goodman was sentenced to 16 years in prison, but is on house arrest while his legal team appeals his conviction. Most of their claims have surrounded DeMartin, who last year revealed that he had conducted his own drinking experiment based on testimony in the case the night before he and jurors began deliberations.
Earlier this month, in his newest book, he said his ex-wife had been arrested for DUI — something he failed to disclose when he was a prospective juror. That was enough to get an appeals court to allow Goodman to bring the issue back to Colbath and ask for a new trial.
Goodman’s attorneys did just that in a motion filed just before 5 p.m. today, adding fresh allegations based on a deeper read of DeMartin’s new book and a letter DeMartin wrote to Colbath since the latest controversy arose.
In DeMartin’s letter, written in the same open style that has covered the pages of each of the three books he’s released to date, he denies lying in regard to his ex-wife’s DUI arrest, claiming as he had to WPTV-Channel 5 a week ago that the memory was blocked by a stroke he suffered in 1988.
DeMartin, in his letter, says that he has since patched things up —albeit not romantically — with the ex-wife in question.
“I had since had her and my son over for Christmas dinner and again for her birthday just about a week ago on March 18, which I hope I haven’t ruined with this last episode of the defense still trying to get a new trial,” DeMartin wrote to Colbath.