Juror who voted to convict polo magnate gets jail himself

Jan. 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A juror who voted to convict South Florida polo magnate John Goodman of causing a deadly drunken crash was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in jail for contempt.

Dennis DeMartin received the jail time for contempt of court, the Palm Beach Post reported. A judge found Monday that DeMartin, when he was questioned as a potential juror, did not reveal that an ex-wife had been convicted of drunken driving.

The jury foreman at the Goodman trial testified Monday that DeMartin told him he had conducted an experiment at home, drinking three vodka cocktails to determine how drunk Goodman would have been at the time of the crash.

Goodman was convicted of manslaughter for the death of Scott Wilson in 2012 and sentenced to 16 years. But Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath reversed the conviction because of juror misconduct.

DeMartin, 70, of Delray Beach, Fla., is a retired accountant. Since the trial, he has written three self-published books. His lawyers argue that he has had two strokes and was unaware of the impact of his actions.

"If I found Mr. DeMartin a benign Mr. Magoo who was unaware of the destruction he left in his wake, then I would find differently. I don't think that's the case," Colbath said Monday after holding him in contempt.

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