WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -
Defense attorneys for John Goodman, the Wellington polo mogul convicted of DUI manslaughter in March, have asked Fifteenth Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath to recuse himself from the case.
In a motion filed Thursday afternoon in Palm Beach County, defense attorneys alleged Colbath concealed evidence of jury misconduct.
"[This] requires the Court's disqualification and a reassignment of this case so that the allegations of jury misconduct can be fully and fairly exposed," attorneys said.
Defense attorneys said Colbath did not tell them that Toni May, a former television host and executive director of South Florida Today on WXEL-TV, wrote him a letter in which she said she overheard a juror raise worries over possible jury misconduct at a Palm Beach Gardens restaurant the day after Goodman was convicted, before the judge agreed to interview jurors about the allegations.
In May's letter to Colbath, she alleges that jurors "believed [Goodman] was guilty before the trial ended," that a juror bullied two jurors who disagreed with him and that juror Dennis DeMartin was offered $50,000 for a book deal about the trial.
On Monday, the day Goodman was expected to be sentenced, Colbath was expected to question jurors about allegations of wealth bias.
Goodman faces 30 years in prison.
Judge Colbath recently denied a request for a new trial.
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