WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Polo mogul John Goodman’s legal team has asked for an extension to file an appeal of his DUI manslaughter conviction and 16-year prison sentence.
A jury in late March convicted Goodman in the Feb. 2010 death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson, who drowned after Goodman’s Bentley plowed into his Hyundai along Lake Worth Road in Wellington, pushing the car into a nearby canal. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath sentenced Goodman to 16 years in prison, but he was released on a $7 million appellate bond shortly afterward.
The end of Goodman’s two week-trial brought in multiple allegations of juror misconduct, the highlight of which has been revelations juror Dennis DeMartin made in a self-published book about his experience as a juror. DeMartin revealed that he conducted a drinking experiment before jurors began deliberations to see whether Goodman would have been impaired based on testimony in the trial.
DeMartin’s book and comments from two other jurors sparked a wave a defense requests to Colbath asking him to interview jurors or throw out Goodman’s conviction and sentence altogether. Colbath re-interviewed jurors once and interviewed Demartin a second time, but he ultimately rejected all the defense requests for a new trial.
Even after Goodman’s legal team filed an appeal in May, the attorneys asked the appellate court to give up its jurisdiction so they could again request a new trial with Colbath, but the appeals court last month rejected that request.
According to court records filed last week, Goodman’s attorney Richard Strafer asked the court for an extension for filing his initial appellate brief. As of Monday, the court has yet to rule on the request.
Legal experts have estimated that Goodman’s appeal could take up to two years to argue.
In the meantime, Goodman is on house arrest at his Wellington estate and is being guarded round-the-clock by two Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies at his expense.
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