Tags: florida | polo | mogul

Fla. Judge Says No New Trial for Polo Mogul

Monday, 07 May 2012 08:36 PM

A judge has ruled there will be no new trial for a Florida polo mogul best known for adopting his adult girlfriend to evade losing his fortune in the outcome of his DUI manslaughter case, The Palm Beach Post reports.

A six-page ruling from Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath said that a juror's claim that he felt pressured into convicting Texas millionaire John Goodman was not sufficient to order a new trial.

Goodman's defense team had asked for a new trial based on the juror's claims, but the judge the juror should have spoken up sooner.

"To allow such decision to be attacked months or even years after the close of a case simply because a juror experiences post-verdict regret would open our trial system to a virtual onslaught of attacks from dissatisfied parties and jurors," Colbath wrote.

Last week Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax that more information was needed to determine how the juror was pressured, or felt pressured. Dershowitz said if the juror simply changed his mind after the case was over, the verdict should stand.

In an unrelated motion, another juror in the case has written a book where he details how he tried to drink the amount of alcohol Goodman had consumed the night of the accident that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson. Goodman's defense attorney, Roy Black, has said that case is clear juror misconduct and again called for Colbath to throw out Goodman's conviction.



© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Man Held Over Suitcase Stuffed With Human Remains

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 08:06 AM

A man was detained Friday night in connection with a suitcase found on a downtown San Francisco street stuffed with huma . . .

Texas Gov. Abbott Declaring 'Chris Kyle Day' in Sniper's Honor

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 08:02 AM

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Friday he would officially declare Feb. 2 Chris Kyle Day in the state, in honor of  . . .

Ohio Delays Seven Executions to Secure New Drugs

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 07:45 AM

Ohio is postponing the execution of seven death row inmates, officials said Friday, following several botched lethal inj . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved