Retrial for Polo Mogul John Goodman

Posted by: The Lush Crush on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 Category Celeb-briated, legal wars

John Goodman

John Goodman, the polo mogul (not the actor) is back in the courtroom for a fatal 2010 DUI crash that left a recent college grad dead. After a strange series of events during a similar trial in 2012, it comes as no surprise that a retrial was deemed necessary.

In 2010, John Goodman, the multimillionaire co-founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was driving his $200,000 Bentley in Wellington, Florida. He crashed into a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Scott Wilson. Wilson’s Hyundai ended up falling into a canal, resulting in the driver’s death.

Prosecutors allege that Goodman waited an entire hour before calling 911 and authorities state that Goodman fled the scene of the crime.

In 2012, Goodman was convicted of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide and sentenced to 16 years in prison. During the trial, 51-year-old Goodman attempted to adopt his girlfriend, Heather Hutchins, as his daughter, to allow her to inherit part of his wealth. However, the conviction ended up getting thrown out due to juror misconduct.

The retrial of this case began last weekend with Goodman pleading not guilty to his charges.

“This has been such a crazy case. In the first trial, a juror was convicted on misconduct charges and sentenced to real jail time,” states ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams. “During jury selection for the retrial, a prospective juror was arrested for Googling about the case and talking about what he found to another person on the jury panel.”

“And then you have the bizarre fact that the defendant tried to adopt his own girlfriend. This is a case rife with problems if the jurors see any media coverage. That’s why they’re being sequestered.”

Goodman claims his Bentley malfunctioned and that he was not under the influence. However, prosecutors state that Goodman’s blood-alcohol concentration was 0.177 percent when it was measured three hours after the accident.

Source: ABC News

 

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