WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A juror fired back on Wednesday over allegations he and other jurors were involved in misconduct during the trial that led to the DUI manslaughter conviction of John Goodman. The polo mogul's attorney's are alleging the behavior warrants a new trial for their client, who faces up to 30 years in prison.
Based on allegations by one of his fellow jurors who served as an alternate, Dennis DeMartin said from his point of view there was no misconduct. DeMartin feeling so strongly about his actions, went out of his way on Wednesday filing a letter in the hopes of clearing the air about the recent allegations of jury misconduct.
The allegations stem from claims made by Ruby Delano, an alternate, who alleged her peers made derogatory comments about Goodman's wealth. Delano further said in a motion filed by Goodman's attorney that DeMartin was writing a book in the middle of the trial.
"I'm only human and this is one of my flaws. I get hurt when somebody questions my character," said DeMartin.
Demartin said he cannot believe Delano's allegations and questions Delano's intentions being that she was an alternate juror.
"I think that's what's part of it because she might have been upset that the judge dismissed those two and they couldn't be with us for the deliberations," said DeMartin.
Insisting he did nothing wrong, DeMartin said he was not writing a book about the case during the trial. He admits he is writing a book now, but only consists of about 30 pages of writing that resemble notes.
"I mean, lots of jurors write books about their trial experience, so what? That's not ground to excuse him," said Jeffrey Colbath, the Palm Beach County circuit court judge overseeing the Goodman trial at a hearing on Tuesday.
Goodman's lawyer, Roy Black charged back that a lot of jurors might right book, but not too many jurors lie in open court.
Hours after the defense and state met at the hearing on Tuesday to discuss the jury misconduct allegations, DeMartin went out his way to try and hand deliver a letter to Judge Colbath. DeMartin did so in the hope that what he did in the trial did not jeoprardize Goodman's conviction.
"That'll make me feel really bad, yes it will," said DeMartin. "I take things personally, it'll hurt me really bad."
As it stands, DeMartin feels he has done no wrong.
Judge Colbath is expected to make a decision about bringing in jurors for questioning by Friday.
A spokesperson for Roy Black said he did not have a comment and calls to juror Ruby Delano were not returned.