WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A major part of the reason why Judge Jeffrey Colbath questioned jurors involved in his DUI manslaughter trial Monday was due to claims made by alternate juror Ruby Delano.
Giving her first interview since Delano came forward with allegations of juror misconduct, Delano spoke exclusively to WPTV NewsChannel 5.
"It was just something I had to live with which I can't. I always have to be honest, always being a good citizen," said Delano.
Delano said she felt compelled to say something about what she witnessed during the Goodman trial. She said she pushed aside her personal concerns and came forward because she knew a man's freedom was at stake.
"I felt guilty about the whole time. I don't want to talk to anybody and I just hide in the house. And I said 'you know if that happened to anybody, and don't they want to have a fair trial?' " said Delano.
In the time since the juror misconduct allegations surfaced, some have questioned Delano's timing and wondered if she might benefit from coming forward.
"I called Mr. Black right way I said 'I'm not looking for money or anything.' I tried to call the judge and he never returned my call," said Delano.
The alternate juror said throughout the entire trial and after it, all she has tried to be is honest.
"The only thing I regret is that I need to move some place where nobody can find me," said Delano.
Delano claims her allegations of juror misconduct were not personal, even though she specifically pointed out juror Dennis DeMartin.
"I wouldn't want to be a juror in my lifetime, never again," said DeMartin.
DeMartin said it was interesting meeting back up with all the old jurors, especially Delano. He said he is not mad at Delano and can even understand how his behavior might have appeared as misconduct.
"I emphasized I wanted to do a book and maybe the other jurors are mad at that, they're not mad, but they all said they'd still come to my house for dinner, so I guess we're all on friendly terms," said DeMartin.
DeMartin said he is still moving forward on his Goodman trial book.
Delano on the other hand is taking a different path.
"No book, no deal, no nothing. I just want to have my life back," said Delano.
Both jurors agree the day went smoothly but were surprised about how short the judge was in questioning.
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