Goodman lawyers want judge to reveal all juror communications

WEST PALM BEACH — Lawyers for International Polo Club founder John Goodman want the judge to reveal every phone call, letter or other contact jurors made with the court after they convicted Goodman of DUI manslaughter last month.

The new request from Goodman's defense team comes less than a week before Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath plans to question jurors about whether they discussed the Texas heir's wealth during their deliberations in the case surrounding the death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson.

Defense attorneys Roy Black and Mark Shapiro had asked Colbath to throw out Goodman's conviction after alternate juror Ruby Delano contacted them and accused jurors of violating court orders.

The most egregious allegations were about Dennis DeMartin, the juror who began writing a book about the case during the trial.

DeMartin was the focus of the defense request Tuesday, which includes copies of pages from the book titled "Believing in the Truth."

Black and Shapiro said they learned that DeMartin had attempted to submit a letter to Colbath after hearing of Delano's complaints only because DeMartin disclosed this detail in an interview with a local television station.

The letter DeMartin tried to deliver, which Goodman's defense included in Tuesday's filing, also referenced an attempt to contact Colbath before an April 4 interview DeMartin was scheduled have with InSession, formerly known as Court TV.

"Accordingly, it appears that DeMartin corresponded with the Court about the book sometime before April 4. Yet, the Court informed no one at the time or even after Goodman's motion challenging Mr. DeMartin's book writing conduct," Black and Shapiro wrote.

The defense had asked Colbath to question all the jurors, including DeMartin, about discussions they may have had about his book. But the judge denied that request and said he will limit his questions on Monday to jury discussions on Goodman's wealth.

The date had been reserved for Goodman's sentencing, but Colbath postponed it and as of Tuesday had not set a new date.

During the trial, DeMartin had revealed to the judge that he was working on a book about the perils of being a senior citizen dating without a car, adding that if the book was successful he would shop his idea for a Goodman book.

Chapters from both books are included in paperwork filed Tuesday, including DeMartin's recounting of jury deliberations, the whirlwind of press interviews he gave after the verdict and a conversation he had with a neighbor who asked him why he hadn't shown up at the condo association's pool for two weeks.

Goodman's defense says that if they had known that DeMartin had actually started writing the book during the trial, they would have asked Colbath to replace him with one of the alternates.

DeMartin has rejected claims that he and other jurors violated rules, saying that Delano's only discussions with them about the case came when she couldn't understand something and other jurors explained for her.

As for the discussions of wealth, DeMartin in his April 18 letter to Colbath said they had nothing to do with Goodman himself.

Goodman, 48, remains at the Palm Beach County jail, where he has been since the jury convicted him of DUI manslaughter with failure to render aid on March 23.

Also on Monday, Goodman's defense will try to persuade Colbath to release Goodman while he appeals his conviction.

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