If John Goodman gets a new trial, Dennis DeMartin should be consigned to perdition. And if the allegations that Goodman’s attorneys unveiled last week are true, Goodman — convicted of DUI manslaughter with failure to render aid and sentenced to 16 years in prison — should get a new trial.
Many consequences would flow from a finding that Mr. DeMartin so badly violated the rules governing jurors that the March 2012 conviction must be tossed out. The worst would be that the family of Scott Wilson — the young man Goodman killed — must once more cope with the pain and uncertainty of a trial.
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