The literary misadventures of Palm Beach County’s most annoying author continues.
Somehow, Dennis DeMartin, a retired accountant from Delray Beach, thought it was a good idea to launch his literary career at 68 years old while serving as a juror during a high-stakes DUI manslaughter case against a local billionaire.
Since then, Martin’s self-published works have been an invaluable source of mistrial motions for the criminal defense lawyers who’ve been looking for any and all excuses to overturn last year’s conviction of Wellington polo mogul John Goodman.
The book DeMartin started during the trial, The Trials and Tribulations of a Senior Citizen Trying to Get a Date Without a Car, was just a warm up for Believing in the Truth, a tour de force of mistrial fodder that featured a self-administered drinking experiment back at the condo that was done to gauge Goodman’s guilt.
And now, we have rounded out the trilogy of must-see appellate court reading with last month’s publication of Will She Kiss Me or Kill Me?, a book that rehashes the trial in a way that offers up a completely new set of mistrial opportunities for Goodman’s lawyers.
“It is now clear, if indeed it wasn’t already, that Mr. DeMartin never took his oath as a juror seriously and that he viewed his jury service as an opportunity to make money by ‘writing a memoir’ and garnering publicity,” Goodman’s attorney Roy Black wrote in his motion for a mistrial.
But it just might be that DeMartin had then, and still has now, no clue to what he has wrought.
Consider the preface to his new book, which he calls the “prefix.” It’s a statement of regret — but not about his own vanity getting in the way of a serious criminal trial involving the death of a 23-year-old man.
DeMartin’s regret was that his previous mistrial manifestos published online through the do-it-yourself company CreateSpace had some margin problems due to his inexperience with the technology.
“I had to try 4 times to up load the manuscript to createspace, try to publish the book myself, try to make the corrections on the pages shown on the screen, adjust the size for a 6.5 x 9 in. page, pick out the cover for all the templates they had and wrap the cover around the book on a screen,” DeMartin wrote. “Because I did not have the money to have it published, I tried to do it through createspace all by myself for about $35.”
So to recap, the billionaire’s best chance for a new trial is due to the literary aspirations of a $35 author.
“I tried to get the Believing in the Truth book uploaded again without realizing the default was set back for 8 x 11 1/2 inch,” DeMartin continued in his preface. “I forgot to adjust this book for the 6 x 9 inch setting and it came out wrong. I paid the same amount of $35.
“Createspace is associated with Amazon.com and is a great company if you know what you are doing, but as you see I did not in those first two books,” he continued. “I tried to do this book through their publishers more professionally and probably still have a few errors which I apologize for.”
More errors. More than he imagines.