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Florida Supreme Court rejects Goodman appeal in DUI manslaughter case

Florida Supreme Court rejects Goodman appeal in DUI manslaughter case

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Wellington polo mogul John Goodman’s claims that his DUI manslaughter conviction was tainted because of flaws in the way his blood was collected after the February 2010 crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson. In a 35-page opinion, the high court ruled that Goodman’s scientifically and legally complex arguments weren’t sufficient...
John Goodman files another appeal to Florida Supreme Court

John Goodman files another appeal to Florida Supreme Court

With one case already pending at the Florida Supreme Court, attorneys for Wellington millionaire and polo club founder John Goodman are filing another challenge at the Supreme Court as they fight his conviction on a DUI manslaughter charge. Attorneys for Goodman have filed a notice that they will challenge a July ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal that upheld the conviction in the high-profile...
Goodman again loses appeal on claims Bentley wrongly destroyed

Goodman again loses appeal on claims Bentley wrongly destroyed

For a second time in three months, John Goodman has lost his battle to have his DUI manslaughter conviction thrown out because prosecutors got rid of the Bentley he was driving in the 2010 crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson. In a two-page opinion, the 4th District Court of Appeal refused to reconsider the ruling it made in July when it rejected Goodman’s claims that he was hamstrung...
Killer clown in Wellington: 3 notorious crimes in the village

Killer clown in Wellington: 3 notorious crimes in the village

Wellington is known for its peace and quiet. At a recent meeting of the village’s Public Safety Committee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the biggest issue in Wellington is vehicle burglaries — with many people not locking their cars at night. So when a serious crime does happen here, it seems to be all the more shocking. It shatters the fragile peace upon which...
John Goodman blood draw the focus of Florida Supreme Court battle

John Goodman blood draw the focus of Florida Supreme Court battle

The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments over imprisoned Wellington polo club founder John Goodman’s blood draw in the aftermath of a fatal 2010 crash, a case that Goodman is hoping will lead them to change statewide rules for DUI and drug cases. Attorneys for Goodman, 53, have argued that Florida Department of Law Enforcement protocols involving the drawing and testing of blood...
Goodman loses appeal of DUI manslaughter conviction

Goodman loses appeal of DUI manslaughter conviction

An appellate court on Wednesday upheld the DUI manslaughter conviction of former Wellington polo club founder John Goodman, who is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence for the February 2010 crash that led to the drowning death of Scott Patrick Wilson. In a 21-page opinion released Wednesday, Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal rejected all but one of the issues Goodman raised in his...
John Goodman continues appeal of blood in DUI manslaughter case

John Goodman continues appeal of blood in DUI manslaughter case

A Florida Supreme Court fight over blood samples in John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter case continued this week, as lawyers for the imprisoned polo club founder again have asked the high court to reverse an appellate court ruling and declare a state agency’s blood draw rules invalid. In a 21-page brief filed Tuesday, Goodman’s attorneys said both Florida’s 4th District Court...
Bondi asks Florida Supreme Court to reject Goodman on DUI blood draws

Bondi asks Florida Supreme Court to reject Goodman on DUI blood draws

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked the state Supreme Court to reject Wellington polo club founder John Goodman’s request that the court invalidate Florida’s administrative rules for the drawing and collection of blood in drunken driving cases. In 2016, the 4th District Court of Appeal had rejected John Goodman appeals of this DUI manslaughter conviction based on questions...
Deputy who guarded John Goodman gets go-ahead in suit against PBSO

Deputy who guarded John Goodman gets go-ahead in suit against PBSO

A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy can proceed with her lawsuit, claiming she was unfairly disciplined by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw for simply telling the truth about a strange incident involving now-imprisoned Wellington polo mogul John Goodman, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Supreme Court to consider blood draw questions from Goodman appeal

Supreme Court to consider blood draw questions from Goodman appeal

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to consider two questions from the 4th District Court of Appeal regarding state blood draw standards in the case against now-imprisoned former Wellington polo club founder John Goodman. Records show the court accepted the case Friday, nearly two months after the Appellate Court rejected Goodman’s appeal but asked the higher court to consider whether Florida...
State fights Goodman DUI-manslaughter appeal with 90-page response

State fights Goodman DUI-manslaughter appeal with 90-page response

When a second jury convicted Wellington polo club founder John Goodman of DUI manslaughter in 2014, they effectively “saw through” his “charade” of a defense, said state prosecutors, who on Thursday asked an appellate court to throw out his appeal. In a 90-page response to Goodman’s appeal in the case stemming from 23-year-old Patrick Scott Wilson’s Feb. 12, 2010...

Goodman conviction upheld; blood-draw questions head to Supreme Court

Wellington polo mogul John Goodman’s complex claims that a flawed blood draw improperly led to his DUI manslaughter conviction in the 2010 death of Scott Wilson is headed to the Florida Supreme Court. In a brief ruling on Wednesday, the 4th District Court of Appeal stood by its May opinion, rejecting Goodman’s request to throw out his 2014 conviction in the 23-year-old engineering graduate&rsquo...

John Goodman juror Dennis DeMartin’s saga comes to end

The long strange saga of the misbehaving juror in Wellington polo mogul John Goodman’s 2012 DUI manslaughter trial is finally over. During a brief hearing on Friday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath sentenced former Delray Beach resident Dennis DeMartin to 37 days in jail — the time the 72-year-old has already served — and sent him home to hopefully live the rest of...

Saga finally ends for misbehaving John Goodman juror Dennis DeMartin

The long strange saga of the misbehaving juror in Wellington polo mogul John Goodman’s 2012 DUI manslaughter trial is finally over. During a brief hearing on Friday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath sentenced former Delray Beach resident Dennis DeMartin to 37 days in jail – the time the 72-year-old has already served – and sent him home to hopefully live the rest of...

Goodman loses appeal on DUI blood tests

Wellington polo mogul John Goodman won’t be able to throw out his DUI manslaughter conviction for the 2010 death of Scott Wilson by arguing that shoddy blood-collection techniques falsely elevated his blood-alcohol level, an appeals court ruled on Wednesday. In a seven-page opinion, Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal rejected Goodman’s claims that the blood-collection method...

John Goodman loses legal battle to toss blood-alcohol test in fatal crash

Wellington polo mogul John Goodman won’t be able to throw out his DUI manslaughter conviction for the 2010 death of Scott Wilson by arguing that shoddy techniques falsely elevated his blood-alcohol level, an appeals court ruled on Wednesday. In a seven-page opinion, the 4th District Court of Appeal rejected Goodman’s claims that the blood collection method was flawed. They noted that both...

Juror may face contempt of court charge in Three Amigos murder trial

A Palm Beach County judge has refused to recuse herself from the case of a man recently convicted in the death of a motorist after a robbery at the Three Amigos grocery, and she may be considering charging one of the jurors in the January trial with contempt of court. Circuit Judge Krista Marx on Tuesday turned down Victor Salastier Diaz’s motion to step down from the case based on recent claims...

DeMartin must return to Florida for hearing

Dennis DeMartin, the juror once jailed for a series of missteps that led a judge to overturn John Goodman’s first DUI manslaughter conviction, will have to return to Florida if he has any hopes of reducing what’s left of a six-month jail sentence hanging over his head. While a potential Florida Supreme Court fight looms over whether Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath’s five-month...

Dennis DeMartin ordered back to Florida for new sentencing hearing

(Palm Beach Post staff file photo) Dennis DeMartin, the juror once jailed for a series of missteps that led a judge to overturn John Goodman’s first DUI manslaughter conviction, will have to return to Florida if he has any hopes of reducing what’s left of a 6-month jail sentence hanging over his head. While a potential Florida Supreme Court fight looms over whether Chief Circuit Judge...

Goodman juror’s case may be headed to Florida Supreme Court

The case of the wayward juror held responsible for forcing a judge to throw out John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter conviction could soon be a matter for Florida’s Supreme Court. Last week, on the heels of a 4th District Court of Appeal ruling affirming Dennis DeMartin’s contempt of court conviction and six month jail sentence, his lawyer filed a request for them to send the case to...

John Goodman juror Dennis DeMartin’s case could be headed to high court

The case of the wayward juror held responsible for forcing a judge to throw out John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter conviction could soon be a matter for Florida’s Supreme Court. Last week, on the heels of a 4th District Court of Appeal ruling affirming Dennis DeMartin’s contempt of court conviction and six month jail sentence, his lawyer filed a request to for them to send the case...

Christie commentary: Can we finally let go of Dennis DeMartin?

OK, I’ll say it: Someone needs to step up and save us from Dennis DeMartin. And don’t act like you don’t know who he is. At this point, if you Google “rogue juror,” the poor man’s name and face might top the list. The now-72-year-old former Boynton Beach retired accountant, and infamous former John Goodman trial juror, has once again found himself near the center...

Goodman juror Dennis DeMartin’s appeal rejected

The juror credited for derailing Wellington polo club founder John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter trial could be headed back to jail now that an appeals court has upheld his two contempt of court convictions. In an eight-page decision released by Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal Wednesday, the high court backed Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath’s 2014 conviction and 6 month jail...

Goodman juror Dennis DeMartin’s “shocked” his contempt appeal was rejected

The juror credited for derailing Wellington polo club founder John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter trial could be headed back to jail now that an appeals court has upheld his two contempt of court convictions. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo) In an eight-page decision released by Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal Wednesday, the high court backed Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath&rsquo...

Exclusive: Bellissimo buys Polo Club from John Goodman family trust

Equestrian mogul Mark Bellissimo is adding to his treasure chest of Wellington properties with what is likely his most expensive purchase since he first bought the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, The Palm Beach Post has learned. Bellissimo’s company — Wellington Equestrian Partners — reached an agreement to buy the International Polo Club from a trust affiliated with...

Sources: John Goodman-affiliated trust soliciting offers on Polo Club

The trust affiliated with John Goodman that owns the International Polo Club is soliciting offers for the famed property Friday, multiple sources confirmed to The Palm Beach Post. The private trust that was made for the imprisoned polo mogul’s children is being run by his ex-wife Isla Carroll Reckling, has been unloading properties recently like the Wanderers Club and the Executive Course. But...

Goodman appeals second conviction for Scott Wilson’s death

Almost six years to the day of the alcohol-fueled crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson, a legal team representing Wellington polo mogul John Goodman this week appealed his 2014 conviction for DUI manslaughter in Wilson’s death. In a 136-page brief filed Thursday with the 4th District Court of Appeal, attorney Margaret Good-Earnest offers 14 reasons Goodman’s conviction and 16-year...

John Goodman transfers to faith-based prison

Prison, it appears, has turned into a religious experience for John Goodman. The Wellington polo club founder was transferred just before the new year from the Madison Correctional Institution to the Wakulla Annex of the Wakulla Correctional Institution, a faith- and character-based facility within Florida’s prison system. His move comes just weeks before the sixth anniversary of the death of...
Judge: Polo magnate Goodman gets no prison credit for time on house arrest

Judge: Polo magnate Goodman gets no prison credit for time on house arrest

A judge Tuesday denied imprisoned polo club founder John Goodman’s request to get prison time credit for about a year he spent on house arrest between his two DUI manslaughter trials. In the eight-page ruling, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath said the $7 million appellate bond and sheriff’s deputy guard provisions Goodman agreed to after his 2012 conviction weren’t...

Man who claimed he could fix Goodman jury gets 30 months in prison

Calling it a well-placed attack on the criminal justice system, a federal judge on Friday sentenced a Vermont man to 2½ years in prison for trying to extort at least $500,000 from John Goodman with the claim he could fix the Wellington polo mogul’s second trial on DUI manslaughter. Although James Perron’s 2014 scheme unravelled almost as quickly as it began, U.S. District Judge...
Prosecutors, lawyers spar over Goodman’s house arrest

Prosecutors, lawyers spar over Goodman’s house arrest

Because John Goodman enjoyed tennis lessons, salsa classes and sleepovers with his girlfriend between his two DUI manslaughter trials, the time he spent on house arrest should not count towards his 16-year prison sentence, prosecutors told a judge Tuesday. Goodman’s lawyers last month asked Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath to give Goodman credit for 368 days during the time he spent confined...
Appeals court hears arguments on John Goodman’s blood-alcohol test

Appeals court hears arguments on John Goodman’s blood-alcohol test

Scientifically complex questions about whether improper techniques inflated the blood-alcohol level of Wellington polo mogul John Goodman after he was arrested for the 2010 crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson were back in court on Monday. But while judges on Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal seemed to question the blood-collection methods, even if they ultimately agree the process...
John Goodman seeks credit for two years spent on house arrest

John Goodman seeks credit for two years spent on house arrest

Lawyers for imprisoned Wellington polo mogul John Goodman will fight next week to have a judge count the two years he spent on house arrest towards his 16-year prison sentence on DUI manslaughter charges. Goodman’s lawyers made the request in court documents late last month, nearly a year to the day after a second jury convicted Goodman of DUI manslaughter with failure to render aid in the Feb...
Vermont man pleads guilty in attempted extortion of John Goodman

Vermont man pleads guilty in attempted extortion of John Goodman

A 49-year-old Vermont man pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of wire fraud for unsuccessfully trying to extort as much as $1.5 million to guarantee Wellington polo mogul John Goodman an acquittal in his DUI manslaughter trial last fall. But he wasn’t working alone. According to plea-agreement documents, James Perron said a man named George Warwick gave him the information about Goodman&rsquo...
Man agrees to plead guilty to charges in John Goodman extortion case

Man agrees to plead guilty to charges in John Goodman extortion case

A 49-year-old Vermont man has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he solicited $1 million, claiming he could persuade a Palm Beach County jury not to convict Wellington polo mogul John Goodman of DUI manslaughter last year. While details of the plea agreement weren’t available Tuesday, his attorney said in court papers that James Perron has signed documents pleading guilty to charges in connection...
DeMartin appeal: Court lost in ‘fanfare’ of wealthy in Goodman trial

DeMartin appeal: Court lost in ‘fanfare’ of wealthy in Goodman trial

At worst, the juror credited with derailing Wellington polo mogul John Goodman’s first DUI manslaughter conviction was unwise to commit a “well-meaning” drinking experiment, an attorney appealing his contempt of court conviction said in court records this week. That, his attorneys say, fails to come close to warranting the two charges of criminal contempt of court that last year...

Goodman juror wrought legal havoc, state appellate attorneys argue

The elderly juror who caused a judge to overturn John Goodman’s first DUI manslaughter conviction “wreaked havoc upon the Palm Beach County justice system” and deserves his convictions on criminal contempt of court charges, state appellate lawyers said Wednesday in a response to Dennis DeMartin’s appeal. DeMartin, 71, spent more than a month in jail last year after emerging...
Delay of appeal by John Goodman juror Dennis DeMartin continues

Delay of appeal by John Goodman juror Dennis DeMartin continues

Three extra months apparently wasn’t long enough for prosecutors to come up with a response to wayward John Goodman juror Dennis DeMartin’s appeal of his contempt of court case. DeMartin, 71, spent about a month in jail and could go back for up to five months more if an appellate court upholds Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath’s conviction and sentence against DeMartin for conducting...

John Goodman doesn’t get his prison wish — he’s sent to North Florida

Two out of three isn’t bad. Florida prison officials didn’t assign Wellington polo magnate John Goodman to the prison he wanted, but he will be going to a prison that can meet two of his other wishes: a minimum security prison with a substance-abuse treatment program. Goodman, 51, twice convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison in the February 2010 DUI manslaughter death of Scott Patrick...
John Goodman’s $93K prosecution costs to be held in court registry

John Goodman’s $93K prosecution costs to be held in court registry

Court clerks for now will hold on to the the nearly six-figure payout prosecutors say John Goodman owes them for his DUI manslaughter trial, according to an agreement made public today. Before sentencing the Wellington polo club founder to 16 years in prison last month for the 2010 death of Scott Patrick Wilson, Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath ordered Goodman to pay nearly $93,000 in prosecution...
New-look John Goodman arrives at Miami reception center

New-look John Goodman arrives at Miami reception center

John Goodman arrived at the South Florida reception center in Miami with a new haircut. Goodman, serving a 16-year sentence for DUI manslaughter in a prison, will remain at the center for the next month or so while Florida Department of Corrections officials determine where to place him. He had been held at the Palm Beach County Jail since his conviction Oct. 28. Goodman, 51, lost his last hope to...
Judge recommends where state should incarcerate John Goodman

Judge recommends where state should incarcerate John Goodman

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath has granted Wellington polo club founder John Goodman’s last wish: He recommended Goodman be imprisoned at Moore Haven Correctional Facility in Glades County. The order, signed Monday, cleared the way for the state Department of Corrections to move Goodman to a state prison from the Palm Beach County jail, where he has been held since Oct. 28,...
Judge returns $4 million bond to John Goodman’s siblings

Judge returns $4 million bond to John Goodman’s siblings

With John Goodman headed to prison on DUI manslaughter charges, his brother and sister will finally get the $2 million apiece they shelled out to keep him free. In a court order issued today, Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath ordered the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s office to release Goodman’s $4 million bond in equal $2 million wire transfers to H. Greg Goodman and Betsy...
Goodman to judge: Send me to Moore Haven prison

Goodman to judge: Send me to Moore Haven prison

If John Goodman had a choice, he would serve his 16-year DUI manslaughter prison sentence in a medium security facility with an alcohol-treatment program an hour from the Wellington polo club he helped establish. Goodman, 51, lost his last hope to remain free while pursuing an appeal of his conviction in the death of Scott Patrick Wilson when an appellate court last week backed Chief Circuit Judge...
Juror charged with contempt in Goodman retrial seeking deal

Juror charged with contempt in Goodman retrial seeking deal

Travis Van Vliet, the 23-year-old prospective juror sent to jail in Tampa before John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter retrial, likely will resolve his contempt of court case before it goes to trial, according to his lawyer. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath ordered Van Vliet taken to jail in October after the judge accused him of nearly tainting the entire jury pool, which started with 220 potential...
Judge has bad news for man accused of tampering with Goodman jury

Judge has bad news for man accused of tampering with Goodman jury

A Vermont man accused of trying to shake down John Goodman to fix his DUI manslaughter trial will remain behind bars, a federal magistrate decided Tuesday. Citing James Perron’s lengthy criminal record, including an active warrant in New York for allegedly ripping off senior citizens by impersonating a police officer as part of a home improvement scam, U.S. Magistrate James Hopkins denied the...
John Goodman heading to prison

John Goodman heading to prison

Nearly five years after he ran a stop sign in Wellington and caused the crash that killed a 23-year-old man, polo mogul John Goodman is finally headed to prison. On Friday an appellate court waved away Goodman’s last chance to go free while he fights to get a third trial in the February 2010 death of Scott Patrick Wilson. That means Goodman, 51, will soon leave the Palm Beach County jail and...
Prosecutors: Judge was right to deny John Goodman appeal bond

Prosecutors: Judge was right to deny John Goodman appeal bond

State prosecutors are urging an appellate court to back a judge’s decision to keep John Goodman in jail while he fights his DUI manslaughter conviction, calling Goodman’s defense a “fanciful tale” and saying it’s wise to conclude, as a judge already has, that Goodman’s 16-year prison sentence and vast wealth make him a flight risk. Judges from Florida’s 4th...
Scott Wilson’s ashes decided? Public can’t say because judge locked door

Scott Wilson’s ashes decided? Public can’t say because judge locked door

Nearly five years after he was killed in an alcohol-fueled crash with Wellington polo mogul John Goodman, 23-year-old Scott Patrick Wilson will finally be buried — somewhere. Adding yet another bizarre chapter to the twisted Goodman saga, Wilson’s divorced parents on Wednesday ended their lengthy court brawl over their son’s ashes behind an inexplicably locked courtroom door. They...
 Judge leans toward curator to decide where to bury Goodman victim

 Judge leans toward curator to decide where to bury Goodman victim

While John Goodman is sitting in the Palm Beach County jail having been convicted twice for the 2010 alcohol-fueled crash that killed Scott Wilson, the 23-year-old has yet to be buried. A crucial step to end a torturous battle between Wilson’s divorced parents is to be taken today when a judge is expected to appoint an independent arbitrator to decide where the engineering graduate will finally...
UPDATE: Hearing over Scott Wilson's ashes remains divisive

UPDATE: Hearing over Scott Wilson's ashes remains divisive

Nearly five years after Scott Wilson was killed in an alcohol-fueled crash with Wellington polo mogul John Goodman, a judge today strongly indicated he would appoint an independent third-party to do what his divorced parents have been unable to do: Decide where the 23-year-old’s ashes will be buried. While Judge Martin Colin said it appeared the appointment of a curator is the only way to resolve...
Judge says no way to John Goodman’s request for new trial

Judge says no way to John Goodman’s request for new trial

A judge on Monday officially denied John Goodman’s request for a third trial in his DUI manslaughter case, sticking to the rulings he made during Goodman’s October retrial in the February 2010 death of Scott Patrick Wilson. Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath announced from the bench Nov. 21, when he sentenced the Wellington polo club founder to 16 years in prison, that he would not grant...
John Goodman documents indicate he’s paid $8 million for legal fees

John Goodman documents indicate he’s paid $8 million for legal fees

John Goodman says he’s paid more than $8 million in legal fees, watched his annual income plummet from $1.1 million to a loss of nearly $75,000 and borrowed millions from family and friends in the four years since he caused the Wellington crash that killed Scott Patrick Wilson. He’s also apparently streamlined his lifestyle — spending less than $200,000 on personal expenses this...
John Goodman sentenced to 16 years for DUI manslaughter

John Goodman sentenced to 16 years for DUI manslaughter

Because he has a 16-year DUI manslaughter prison sentence ahead of him, and because a judge believes a third jury likely will return the same guilty verdict as two others before , John Goodman this afternoon lost his last chance — at least for now — to be a free man. Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath’s decision to deny an appellate bond for the Wellington polo club founder on Friday...
John Goodman’s poverty claims fly in face of extravagance

John Goodman’s poverty claims fly in face of extravagance

John Goodman is down to his last $59,459. According to records handed Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath this week, the once high-flying Wellington polo mogul had to cash in a $194,000 retirement account in 2012 just to stay afloat. That meant that last year his adjusted gross income dipped to just under $60,000. Goodman’s bleak financial picture means he has no ability to post...
Vermont man in Goodman jury tampering case faces three fraud charges

Vermont man in Goodman jury tampering case faces three fraud charges

A 48-year-old Vermont man now faces three charges of wire fraud for allegedly trying to extort as much as $1 million from John Goodman in exchange for fixing the outcome of the Wellington polo mogul’s DUI manslaughter trial last month. In an indictment filed on Thursday, James Perron, of Tinmouth, Vt., was formally charged with the offenses that could send him to prison for 60 years. Arrested...
If Goodman had adopted girlfriend could they have legally cohabited?

If Goodman had adopted girlfriend could they have legally cohabited?

Three years after John Goodman’s ultimately failed adoption of his girlfriend spawned an avalanche of predictable off-color jokes, there is finally an answer to the burning question that has swirled around the strange relationship. In recently released depositions, the Wellington polo mogul indicates he himself researched the question: Can I sleep with my girlfriend if she becomes my daughter?...
What the prosecution wants John Goodman to pay for his trial

What the prosecution wants John Goodman to pay for his trial

As a judge prepares to sentence John Goodman this afternoon, he also is likely to decide if the Wellington polo club founder will have to reimburse taxpayers for many of the costs of his two trials in the DUI manslaughter death of Scott Patrick Wilson. Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath will decide whether to give Goodman the same 16-year sentence he handed out after his first conviction in 2012...
Cerabino: Goodman wants salsa, tennis lessons to count as jail time

Cerabino: Goodman wants salsa, tennis lessons to count as jail time

Is being confined to John Goodman’s Wellington home the same thing as being locked up in the Palm Beach County Jail? That’s what his lawyers are claiming now in an effort to knock more than two years off the erstwhile polo mogul’s upcoming sentencing later this week. “The house arrest Mr. Goodman has been under has been, to my knowledge, the most restrictive house arrest anybody...
John Goodman disclosure — he's broke; sentencing delayed

John Goodman disclosure — he's broke; sentencing delayed

John Goodman returned to jail Wednesday without knowing whether he’ll again get a 16-year prison sentence in his DUI manslaughter case. But he still had to make a stunning disclosure in court: He’s broke. Attorneys for Goodman, the 51-year-old heir to a billion-dollar Texas heating and air conditioning empire and a founder of Wellington’s International Polo Club, said at his sentencing...
Should Goodman pay for retrial, jail time? Judge may decide Wednesday

Should Goodman pay for retrial, jail time? Judge may decide Wednesday

With chances high that John Goodman will receive the same 16-year prison sentence he got after his first DUI manslaughter conviction two years ago, most of the polo club founder’s resentencing hearing Wednesday is likely to focus on a rare request from prosecutors hoping to force him to pay for both his retrial and the cost to keep him behind bars. Prosecutors are expected to ask Chief Circuit...
Bentley a lemon? John Goodman’s sister sued over hers

Bentley a lemon? John Goodman’s sister sued over hers

When John Goodman blamed his luxury Bentley for a 2010 crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson, howls went up from Boca Raton to Jupiter. But it turns out the 51-year-old who will be sentenced today for DUI manslaughter isn’t the only person — not even the only person in his well-to-do family — who has had problems with the British car that is a global symbol for automotive engineering...
John Goodman asks for bail; jury costs at $54,000

John Goodman asks for bail; jury costs at $54,000

John Goodman is hoping a judge will again let him out of jail as he pursues a possible third DUI manslaughter trial in the death of a 23-year-old man he killed four years ago when he ran a stop sign less than a mile from the Wellington polo club he helped establish. Goodman’s lawyers on Wednesday filed a request for him to be released on an appellate bond after a judge resentences him next week...

Did this Vermont man seek half a million to sway Goodman retrial jury?

For an advance payment of $500,000, a Vermont man offered to sway the jury in John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter retrial last month, authorities said in documents made public Friday. If James Perron’s actions resulted in an acquittal, the payment would increase to $1 million, according to a federal criminal complaint. The 48-year-old Tinmouth, Vt. man was arrested Oct. 26 in a sting operation...
A third trial for John Goodman? Lawyers cite reasons why

A third trial for John Goodman? Lawyers cite reasons why

John Goodman’s second DUI manslaughter trial was so fraught with mistakes that a judge should grant him a third trial in the 2010 death of Scott Patrick Wilson, his lawyers are claiming. Goodman’s written motion for a new trial Wednesday comes more than a week after a six-member jury from Tampa repeated a local jury’s 2012 verdict, convicting Goodman of DUI manslaughter with failure...
37 days is enough; Goodman juror appeals contempt sentence

37 days is enough; Goodman juror appeals contempt sentence

Dennis DeMartin, the juror credited with causing a do-over of John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter trial, was himself a victim of unclear juror rules, a contempt conviction based on uncharged offenses and a too-harsh sentence from a judge who erroneously wanted to “send a message” to other jurors. The 71-year-old’s lawyers hope these claims, outlined this week in an appeal of DeMartin&rsquo...
John Goodman’s sentencing set; foreman said verdict took 15 minutes

John Goodman’s sentencing set; foreman said verdict took 15 minutes

Wellington polo club founder John Goodman will spend at least another three weeks in jail until a judge resentences him on DUI manslaughter charges. Goodman, convicted Tuesday in the death of Scott Patrick Wilson, is facing up to 16 years in prison when Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath sentences him Nov. 19. Although Goodman’s defense team will ask Colbath for a new trial before then and...
Man held in New York on charge of jury tampering in Goodman trial

Man held in New York on charge of jury tampering in Goodman trial

In a case already sensitive to jury problems, a text from a New York felon threatened last week to be the latest incident to disrupt John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter trial. James D. Perron is being held without bail in Albany, N.Y., on accusations that he tried to extort either Goodman or his friends, according to individuals close to the case who spoke on the condition they not be identified...
John Goodman found guilty of DUI manslaughter

John Goodman found guilty of DUI manslaughter

In a courthouse hallway, right after jurors in his DUI manslaughter retrial announced Tuesday they had reached a verdict, John Goodman calmly passed his watch and a few personal belongings to his girlfriend, Heather Hutchins. Moments later, in a packed courtroom, no one looked surprised when six jurors after four hours of deliberations convicted Goodman of DUI manslaughter with failure to render aid...
Jury issues first, then deliberations today in John Goodman DUI trial

Jury issues first, then deliberations today in John Goodman DUI trial

After nearly five years, two trials and one conviction that was thrown out after a lengthy and bizarre saga that ended when a judge found there had been jury misconduct, John Goodman’s fate today will again be handed to six strangers. But even though the trial concluded Monday after a long day of testimony and closing arguments , the drama might not be over yet. One of the 10 jurors, imported...
Sources: Arrest made in Vermont for alleged Goodman jury tampering

Sources: Arrest made in Vermont for alleged Goodman jury tampering

An alleged arrest for jury tampering has become just the latest twist in John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter case, which jurors are expected to begin deliberating Tuesday. According to sources close to the case, authorities in Vermont arrested someone who sent a text to Goodman friend Kris Kampsen offering to contact a member of the jury to sway the case in Goodman’s favor in exchange for...
When did John Goodman drink? Jury to start deliberating

When did John Goodman drink? Jury to start deliberating

A Grey Goose vodka bottle, half-filled with blue-tinged water, dangled from prosecutor Alan Johnson’s left hand Monday as he stood in front of the John Goodman DUI manslaughter jury. The colored water swished as Johnson swung both arms upward and out, telling jurors there was no way Goodman could have chugged that much alcohol after a fatal wreck and still been able to walk, let alone speak...
One more witness, then closing arguments today in John Goodman trial

One more witness, then closing arguments today in John Goodman trial

After 13 days of testimony, closing arguments will get underway Monday afternoon, the 14th day of the DUI manslaughter trial of Wellington polo club founder John Goodman for the 2010 crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson. Testimony from the last defense witness — crash reconstruction expert Michael Urban — is to consume the morning. Unless unforeseen problems arise, attorneys for...
Goodman’s lost hour: What we’ll never know about fatal crash

Goodman’s lost hour: What we’ll never know about fatal crash

The luxury convertible, flying along the rural two-lane road at 30 mph over the speed limit, ran the stop sign and slammed into the Hyundai Sonata with such force that for a moment, the two vehicles became one, before they parted in the sandy shoulder and the Hyundai tipped over into a weed-choked canal, drowning its 23-year-old driver. In that moment on that night in February 2010, millionaire John...
Multiple experts testify in John Goodman DUI manslaughter retrial

Multiple experts testify in John Goodman DUI manslaughter retrial

On an industrial-area street in Dallas, a video played for jurors showed Karl Stopschinski accelerating a 2007 convertible Bentley Continental up to about 45 miles per hour before he slammed on the brakes. The car came to a quick and complete stop, something Stopschinski said should have happened if John Goodman pumped the brakes on his Bentley the night of the 2010 crash that killed Scott Wilson...
Did PBSO blow John Goodman case by failing to investigate man cave?

Did PBSO blow John Goodman case by failing to investigate man cave?

The man cave is to rear its liquor-filled presence again today in what is expected to be the last day of testimony in the DUI manslaughter trial of John Goodman in the 2010 death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson. Robert Wyman, a forensic GPS expert who used to be a special events coordinator for the Miami Police Department, is expected to testify that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office dropped...
Defense expert in John Goodman DUI trial says Bentley malfunctioned

Defense expert in John Goodman DUI trial says Bentley malfunctioned

When automotive expert Luka Serdar first learned John Goodman’s Bentley had been sold at auction, he was pleased. “Great, there will be no law enforcement to prevent me from doing full diagnostic testing,” the MIT-trained former NASA rocket scientist told jurors Friday in John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter retrial. In what could be the last full day of defense testimony before...

Bentley expert to testify in Goodman trial couldn’t perform more tests because car gone

Sparks are expected to fly this morning when a former rocket scientist who examined John Goodman’s Bentley after a February 2010 crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson takes the witness stand. The big issue is not only Luka Serdar’s expected testimony that the roughly $250,000 convertible malfunctioned. Controversy also is expected to focus on what happened to the Bentley after Goodman&rsquo...
Testimony backs John Goodman’s man cave defense

Testimony backs John Goodman’s man cave defense

A hard knock on the door woke Marcos DaSilva at about 3:30 a.m., just hours after the February 2010 crash that killed Scott Patrick Wilson. At the door, DaSilva said, was a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy who asked if anyone had been there earlier looking for a telephone. A few hours later, DaSilva said, he awoke at 6 a.m. to find lights and a TV on in the man cave next to DaSilva’s...

Doctor who treated John Goodman after crash to testify today

With John Goodman’s mesmerizing — if disturbing — testimony out of the way, all that is left for his defense team in his DUI manslaughter retrial is to tie up some loose ends. Dr. Adam Bromberg, the physician who treated Goodman when he was brought to Wellington Regional Medical Center after the crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson, is to testify today. Bloomberg is expected...

For Goodman, a long struggle on the stand in DUI manslaughter retrial

It was clear, just by the way John Goodman turned to face the jury and the labor it took for him to enunciate each word, that he was trying his best to make them understand what he remembered in the moments after his Bentley collided with Scott Patrick Wilson’s car. When he said he “saw stars,” his severe speech impediment made it sound as if he said “like Mars.” Testifying...
Polo hottie ‘Nacho’ Figueras expected at John Goodman DUI trial today

Polo hottie ‘Nacho’ Figueras expected at John Goodman DUI trial today

A Ralph Lauren model who is among the 100 top-ranked polo players in the world is expected to testify today that John Goodman was not drunk when he left one tavern and headed to another before the 2010 crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson. Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, 37, who knew the founder of Palm Beach International Polo as a devoted patron, fan and former boss, drew starry-eyed...
John Goodman jury interactive: How many have committed a crime?

John Goodman jury interactive: How many have committed a crime?

Four men and two women will soon to decide the fate of polo mogul John Goodman in his second DUI manslaughter trial. The jurors are all from Hillsborough County, but their life experiences differ a lot. How many have committed a crime? Worked in law enforcement? Who is divorced, married? And how did they put their lives on hold for about three weeks while they came to Palm Beach County to go into...

Post Exclusive: Find out about John Goodman pleading the fifth

Given a chance to dismiss allegations that he regularly snorted cocaine or that he could have saved Scott Wilson’s life, John Goodman instead refused to answer dozens of questions attorneys asked him during civil depositions in a lawsuit filed against him in connection with a horrific 2010 crash that killed the 23-year-old engineering graduate. Invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination...
John Goodman DUI trial jurors see animation showing Goodman hit his head

John Goodman DUI trial jurors see animation showing Goodman hit his head

Disputes over an expert’s testimony brought a slower-than-expected end Tuesday to the first full day of John Goodman’s defense in his DUI manslaughter retrial. Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath almost sent the sequestered Tampa jury back to their hotel early, capping a day where jurors got a glimpse inside the “man cave” in which Goodman says he drank after the crash that...

Did John Goodman chug? Trial turns to ‘man cave’ defense

The infamous “man cave” is to be back in the limelight today when its owner, polo player Kris Kampsen, retakes the witness stand in John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter trial. While Kampsen was a state witness last week, the theory that Goodman was sober at the time of the crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Patrick Wilson but drank at the man cave afterward belongs to the Wellington...

Goodman judge allows release of 2010 suit docs, but not until Tuesday

The judge in John Goodman’s retrial agreed this morning with The Palm Beach Post to make public sworn interviews the Wellington polo club founder gave in a civil lawsuit between 2010 and 2012. However, Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath placed a 24-hour stay on the release of the material to give the Goodman defense team time to appeal to the 4th District Court of Appeal. “The law...
Toxicologist: Goodman must have had 12 to 13 drinks before fatal crash

Toxicologist: Goodman must have had 12 to 13 drinks before fatal crash

If John Goodman were sober at the time he caused a fatal Wellington wreck, but showed a high blood-alcohol content at a nearby hospital three hours later he would have had to chug so much liquor in the hour after the crash it would have made him sick. With this conclusion from Palm Beach County Sheriff’s toxicologist Dustin Tate Yeatman Monday, prosecutors rested their DUI manslaughter case...

Judge to read Goodman depositions before ruling on their release

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath said Saturday he would not rule on the release of documents in the John Goodman DUI manslaughter case until he had read them, even if it meant logging longer hours over his one-day weekend. Goodman is objecting to the release of depositions of his sworn testimony taken between 2010 and 2012 in a civil lawsuit filed by the parents of Scott Patrick Wilson, killed in a February...
John Goodman defense questions lead investigator in DUI manslaughter trial

John Goodman defense questions lead investigator in DUI manslaughter trial

UPDATE 3:24 p.m.: The lead traffic homicide investigator in John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter retrial escaped from Goodman’s defense attorneys’ questions relatively unscathed on his decision with Goodman prosecutors to release Goodman’s Bentley as Goodman as prepared an appeal of his 2012 conviction. Of course, both prosecutors and Goodman’s attorneys had to walk delicately...
John Goodman defense questions investigator in DUI manslaughter trial

John Goodman defense questions investigator in DUI manslaughter trial

Tragedy. Testifying in John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter retrial Saturday, Goodman employee Carlos Prevaz said that one word to describe what he saw when he got to the Wellington intersection where Goodman’s Bentley collided with Scott Patrick Wilson’s Hyundai. Prevaz capped off what could be the last full day of testimony for prosecutors, who on Monday plan to rest their case against...

Scrutiny of Bentley release on tap today in John Goodman trial

A return the the witness stand today in John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter retrial could bring a vicious grilling for Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Cpl. Troy Snelgrove, the lead investigator in the 2010 crash that killed Scott Wilson. Though Snelgrove spent all of Friday on the witness stand, so far he’s escaped scrutiny over his release of Goodman’s Bentley — a flub that...

John Goodman argues to seal years-old sworn testimony in civil lawsuit

The Palm Beach Post is challenging an attempt by John Goodman’s defense lawyers to seal records that prosecutors might use in his DUI manslaughter retrial in the 2010 death of Scott Wilson. A hearing is scheduled before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath at 8:30 Saturday morning. The records are excerpts of depositions by Goodman taken between 2010 and 2012 when he was sued in civil...
 Here’s what happens when a 5,600-pound car smashes a 3,600-pound car

 Here’s what happens when a 5,600-pound car smashes a 3,600-pound car

He with the most weight wins. It’s a saying that Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Cpl. Troy Snelgrove says he’s grown accustomed to using in his years as a traffic homicide investigator. And in the case of the 2010 crash between John Goodman’s Bentley and Scott Patrick Wilson’s Hyundai, Snelgrove said, Goodman “won” big. Snelgrove, the lead investigator in Goodman&rsquo...

No wrecked Bentley? Check in today on Goodman trial to find out why

One of the biggest hurdles facing the prosecution in John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter retrial — explaining to jurors why they won’t get to see his mangled Bentley — will come today when Palm Beach County sheriff’s investigator Troy Snelgrove takes the stand. To keep the jury from knowing that Goodman, 51, previously was convicted of causing the death of 23-year-old Scott...
Lawyers return to battle over release of Goodman’s Bentley

Lawyers return to battle over release of Goodman’s Bentley

On the night of the February 2010 crash that killed Scott Patrick Wilson, John Goodman drank at least 3 1/2 ounces of liquor but could have consumed as many as 13 ounces, testimony in his DUI manslaughter retrial revealed Thursday. The alcohol was flowing at a post-game polo party, with Goodman ordering 10 shots of a Wellington bar’s premium tequila and others ordering Irish Car Bombs and Mind...

Find out why bartender wants to plead the 5th in John Goodman trial

Cathleen Lewter has been one of most controversial characters in the courtroom drama that has swirled around John Goodman’s DUI manslaughter trials. That is not expected to change when she is expected to take the witness stand at 8:30 this morning. The bartender who has given conflicting testimony about how much liquor she served Goodman and his polo buddies at the Players Club before the crash...
Witness unsure if John Goodman accepted Irish Car Bomb before crash

Witness unsure if John Goodman accepted Irish Car Bomb before crash

Scott Patrick Wilson would have survived for about only five minutes — after he stopped holding his breath — when his car plunged into a murky Wellington canal after it was broadsided by John Goodman’s Bentley on a dark, rural Wellington road in February 2010. Palm Beach County Medical Examiner Michael Bell gave jurors that estimate, key because Goodman left the scene and none of...
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