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Goodman May Be Released After Appealing Conviction

john-goodman-jury-misconduct-sentenceMany people have been following the John Goodman DUI Manslaughter case almost as avidly as they followed the Casey Anthony case. Goodman was convicted
in March of killing 23-year-old Scott Wilson in a car crash, he trudged his way through an arduous court process leading to conviction and controversy. Then, Goodman’s defense lawyers made several claims that the conviction should be overturned because of jury misconduct. Now, after the hearing and questioning of the jury, the judge may release Goodman while he appeals his conviction.

John Goodman Sentencing

Goodman is scheduled to be sentenced today for a DUI Manslaughter conviction. Viewers can watch the sentencing hearing live when it begins. According to Florida law, Judge Colbath is actually able to release Goodman on bond after he has been sentenced – which is exactly what his criminal defense lawyers are pushing for.

Jury Misconduct

According to an article in WPTV News, Juror Dennis DeMartin, who wrote and self-published a book about Goodman’s trial, will return to court for a ‘supplemental interview’ before the sentencing hearing begins. He will be asked questions about the allegations of jury misconduct relating to his book. His answers may very well affect Judge Colbath’s actions.

Goodman’s defense attorneys submitted 13 potential questions to the court Thursday that they plan to ask DeMartin during today’s interview, which is set to begin today at 1:59 p.m.

According to the article, DeMartin’s book details an experiment he did to better understand how much Goodman might have had to drink the night he crashed his car into Scott Wilson. The experiment included that he drank three vodka and tonics between 9:00-10:00 p.m. the night before the verdict, and became disoriented walking around his apartment complex as a result.

In chapter 9 of DeMartin’s book, he writes, “When the alarm went off the next morning, I got up and felt relieved. The question in my mind the night before was answered to me. Even if a person is not drunk, 3 or 4 drinks would make it impossible to operate a vehicle. I got dressed and was in a fine frame of mind to go deliberate the evidence we had,” according to WPTV News.

Judge Colbath had specifically told the jurors to make their deliberations solely based on the evidence presented in the courtroom. DeMartin’s experiment may be seen as a direct violation of the judge’s orders, and could be ruled as jury misconduct.

Prosecutors filed a sentence recommendation Thursday, asking Judge Colbath to sentence Goodman to 20 years in prison.

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