I suspect many residents share my disgust at the news of another trial for John Goodman, whose guilt has been proved and who should have been in prison since that decision. Instead, he has been afforded “luxury punishments” given only to the rich — staying at home.
We need to remember that it is the responsibility of the attorneys, during jury selection, to determine specific information about a prospective juror. Dennis DeMartin apparently was not asked questions about his family that would have revealed his ex-wife’s conduct. Were these issues missed? In short, were the jurors properly vetted before they were selected? Why should disclosure of these concerns depend solely on a voluntary statement made by Mr. DeMartin during his interview process?
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