Roy Black, Mark Shapiro ask to withdraw as lead counsel in John Goodman case

The attorneys who helped International Polo Club Palm Beach founder John Goodman get a new trial have filed a motion with Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Colbath to withdraw from the case.

Roy Black and Mark Shapiro filed the motion early Friday.

"Having obtained an order of the Court on May 3, 2013, vacating the Defendant's earlier conviction and granting him a new trial... (the) attorneys have completed their representation of, and duties to, the Defendant," the attorneys wrote in the motion.

Tavis Souder, a former Palm Beach County Assistant State Attorney, said the decision was unusual.

"It's not atypical to be a switch-up in lawyers when a re-trial is granted. I think, in this particular case, it was particularly shocking because of all the work that Black did in putting the case for the trial and the appellate process," Souder said.

Black and Shapiro, in the motion, said a withdrawal shouldn't be a problem because Goodman has an independent counsel of record.

"He had a great team that was in place for him and, even with a great team, the facts remain what the facts are. And so, whether you have Roy Black who is trying the case or you have someone else that is trying the case, you still have to deal with the facts as presented," Michelle Suskauer, WPTV NewsChannel 5 Legal Analyst said.

Last week, Colbath ordered a new trial after he said defense attorneys had proven allegations of juror misconduct, more than one year after Goodman was convicted of DUI manslaughter in connection with the death of University of Central Florida student Scott Wilson.

The judge said Dennis DeMartin, the juror at the center of the misconduct allegations, was "recklessly indifferent to the truth" because he did not tell lawyers his ex-wife once had a DUI arrest -- a revelation that would have kept him off of the jury.

"A juror who deceives to get on a jury in a high profile case for his own profit is a trial lawyer's worst nightmare," Black said at the time.

DeMartin faces a criminal contempt contempt charge that could land him in jail for more than five months.

He is expected to appear in court on May 30th.

A new trial for Goodman hasn't been set.

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