Roy Black and his rumored eight-figure bill have left John Goodman’s defense team. There is talk of a plea deal. Any offer of a deal should come from Mr. Goodman’s lawyers, not the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, and should not give Mr. Goodman any significant reduction in his sentence.
Why, one might ask, would Mr. Goodman agree to such a deal? He allowed Mr. Black to invent every fanciful defense — my quarter-million-dollar car malfunctioned; I drank after the crash, not before; I was too dazed to realize that I had bashed a car into a canal — during a trial that resulted in a comparatively quick verdict of DUI manslaughter with failure to render aid. Now that he has a second chance because of a wacko juror who might be doing time sooner, why would Mr. Goodman not hope for, if not acquittal, then at least a sentence shorter than the 16 years he received from Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath?
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