Opening Statements in John Goodman Trial Raise Important Questions About Getting Drunk

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Did Goodman get drunk alone in a barn?
Drinking games. They're superfun until you're sitting in a courtroom on trial for DUI manslaughter, trying to explain why you blew through a stop sign, slammed into another car with such force that it flipped into a drainage ditch, and left the driver to drown.

But Wellington polo mogul John Goodman is a multimillionaire. He hired one of the best defense attorneys in the land to argue that the death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson in February 2010 was a "tragic accident." The question is, does attorney Roy Black understand how drinking works?

In opening statements this morning, Black claimed that Goodman was not drunk when he got behind the wheel of his Bentley on February 12, 2010, but that he did swig a bottle of alcohol in his friend's barn after the crash. Somehow, that beverage was enough to raise his blood-alcohol level to 0.177 -- more than twice the legal limit -- three hours after the crash.

Now, the Pulp knew the barn drink defense was coming. What we couldn't predict was that Goodman's defense team would ask a jury to believe he got trashed, alone, in his friend's barn, in a period of about half an hour. Yet he did not get drunk over the course of several hours, drinking with friends at two bars before he drove.

Seasoned drinkers: Do you buy that argument?

According to Black, Goodman had one drink at dinner and three more at the Players Club Bar & Restaurant in Wellington the night before the accident but was not legally drunk. Players Club bartender Cathleen Lewter told Palm Beach County sheriff's investigators she saw Goodman down two shots of tequila and a vodka tonic, although, "It didn't dawn on me that he had too much to drink," she said.

Goodman left the Players Club around 12:50 a.m. on February 12, 2010, and crashed his car about ten minutes later. He says he first stumbled down the road to polo player Kris Kampsen's barn, looked for a phone, and didn't find one. Kamspen wasn't there either, but his alcohol was, and Black says Goodman helped himself to some liquor.

By 1:30 a.m. Goodman was knocking on a stranger's door, asking to use her phone. That stranger, Lisa Pembleton, did not give him any alcohol because she doesn't drink. So Black wants the jury to believe Goodman got seriously drunk -- more than doubling his blood-alcohol level -- alone, sitting in a friend's barn trying to ease his pain, between 1 and 1:30 a.m. after the crash.

Sounds like an excellent drinking game.


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13 comments
ntblmncereus
ntblmncereus

That is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard.  How can Roy Black argue that defense with a straight face.  Wasn't this a Perry Mason episode?   What a joke our justice system is if this guy gets away with this!!

Jake
Jake

None of this changes the fact that he walked away for an hour before calling 911 while Scott Wilson drowned, drunk or not. The adoption was an obvious ploy to protect his assets. Confident innocent people do not take actions like that. 

Biased
Biased

I hope this article isn't trying to be passed off as "reporting" or news - given the inflammatory language and bias it reads like tabloid garbage. And sounds like most of you commentators want to do away with our justice system. But then, given all your self righteous posts I'm sure you all have never driven after having a drink or done anything wrong to ever need it.

JOEYPAD
JOEYPAD

roy black is as big an aho scumbag as goodman..anything for a dollar

Rocky
Rocky

People seem to forget very quickly that John goodman has done a lot of good for the state of Florida . .

Obermann
Obermann

If Roy Black gets this guy off, like Bogenschutz did with Ryan LeVin, I give up on our justice system.  He can say we weren't there, but this is one case where you didn't need to see it to know what happened.   

How's that girlfriend turned adopted daughter doing through all this?  Roy Black was also instrumental in geting the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein cleared of child sex trafficking.  He's one scary dude against justice.  Shame on him. 

david
david

Goodman's actions after the collision must live on in the minds of Scott Wilson's family members for a lifetime.  I wouldn't be able to handle it personally.  I would absolutely give this guy 30 years, and no less.  He's earned every day of it. 

Bicyclerecycle
Bicyclerecycle

As I posted sometime in the past, count to 2.  Had Scott Wilson been driving 2 seconds faster or slower it would have been John Goodman in the canal.  I guarantee that Scott would have jumped into the water to try and save John Goodman.  And by the way, what has John Goodman done for the common people of Wellington?

Bartholemue
Bartholemue

Rocky,  I bet if you inheritted over 700 million dollars, then you too could stuff a little money jar on celeb bartender night too!  I have faith in you Rocky.  It's not so difficult when it wasn't actually earned. 

Elizabeth92486
Elizabeth92486

That to me does not matter. He KILLED someone... Does the good u say he has done make up for that?

Bbjl31
Bbjl31

Roy Black will do anything for MONEY!!  He only takes on "clients" that are "high profile" and that can get him in on TV.  This scum of the earth would defend Hitler.

<3 florida
<3 florida

provide jobs and help the economy...he didnt have to keep polo wellington, its a pretty shitty place, much like the rest of south florida and its inhabitants

dave
dave

Why do you blame the defense lawyer?  It is his job to defend his clients.  And if he is one of the best in the business, he attracts wealthy clients.  The successful in any business get the best clients.  So what's new.  The jury decides the case, based on the testimony, as moderated by the judge. It has already been brought up in testimony that the prosecutor tried to get a witness to change testimony.  There is no reason to trust a prosecutor more than a defense attorney.  Let the trial takes its course. 

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