Lisa Pembleton, Star Witness in John Goodman Trial, Gets Grilled About Her Free Lawyer

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Pembleton urged Goodman to call 911.
Lisa Pembleton doesn't drink. Neither do her friends.

"I don't hang out with those kind of people," she said on the witness stand in a West Palm Beach courtroom today.

Her sobriety is just one of many stark differences between Pembleton, a horse trainer and student of the equestrian sport of dressage, and Wellington polo mogul John Goodman. Pembleton spent her days and nights grooming horses during the winter of 2010, living in a trailer next to a barn. Goodman is a multimillionaire who founded the International Polo Club in Wellington, and was out partying the night before he met Pembleton.

Yet this sober, God-fearing, 28-year-old horse trainer is the prosecution's star witness in Goodman's DUI manslaughter case. She's the first person who saw Goodman after the car accident that led to 23-year-old Scott Wilson's death.
Goodman banged on the door of Pembleton's trailer door at 1:30 a.m. on February 12, 2010. Before she could respond, he let himself in and stood at the foot of her bed asking to use her phone. As Pembleton grabbed her mace and stayed safely under the covers in her bed, Goodman used her phone to call his girlfriend. He said, according to Pembleton, that he'd been in an "end-of-the-world accident." (Read more about the accident in this New Times feature story). 

Pembleton spoke haltingly during the testimony, sitting stoically and rarely cracking a smile. She wore her long blond hair pulled back in a barrette, and was clearly uncomfortable in the spotlight. She hesitated for long, awkward moments before answering some questions.

Roy Black, Goodman's defense attorney, accused her of being biased. On cross-examination, he grilled her about a lawyer, Harry Shevin, that has been representing her for the last two years. Pembleton was introduced to Shevin by attorneys who represent Scott Wilson's parents in the civil case they filed against Goodman. Pembleton said she has never paid Shevin a fee for his services. Black suggested the Wilsons' lawyers were paying him.

"Was it not obvious to you that someone suing John Goodman was paying your lawyer?" Black asked.

"No," Pembleton said.

Prosecutor Ellen Roberts later read an excerpt from a deposition in which Shevin said he was not paid by anyone involved in the criminal case.

Meanwhile, Pembleton provide a few more clues about Goodman's appearance the morning of the car accident. She said he seemed "very slow, just not right."  He asked her the same questions over and over again, and had trouble comprehending the answers.

He told her that he "drank a few" that night. And he was concerned about his appearance. "How do I seem to you?" she testified that he asked. 

She urged him to call 911, which he finally did, an hour after the crash occurred. When the police arrived, Pembleton accompanied Goodman outside to meet them, and he offered her a wad of cash. 

"I don't need your money," she told him.

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Gary P.J. Delaney
Gary P.J. Delaney

Whats missing here is; if she doesn't drink, she wouldn't have booze there for Goodman to drink, which he claims he drank 3/4 of a bottle after the accident (didn't happen), so he was drunk when he crashed into Wilson's car.

PAULIE
PAULIE

IF THIS HAPPENED TO YOU OR I, ...WE WOULD ALREADY HAVE BEEN TRIED AND CONVICTED....HOWEVER IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IF YOU HAVE MONEY OR IF IT'S OPEN TO THE PUBLIC....YOU AIN'T GETTING CONVICTED...SO HERE'S A GUY WHO WAS ON PILLS AND DRINKING, CLAIMS HIS $150,000 BENTLEY WENT OUT OF CONTROL, LEAVES THE SCENE.CLAIMS HE GOT DRUNK AFTER THE ACCIDENT.....ADOPTS HIS GIRLFRIEND AS HIS DAUGHTER.....WTF....AND HE'S GOING TO WALK FREE.....SOME GUY WHO HAS 2 BEERS AT A PUB WHILE WATCHING A FOOTBALL GAME GOES HOME AND GETS STOPPED BY A COP AND IS ARRESTED FOR DUI, HANDCUFFED ( MAYBE GETS TASERED )  AND TAKEN AWAY....GREAT JUSTICE SYSTEM,....................IF YOU GOT MONEY ..YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH MURDER....NO MONEY YOU GOING TO JAIL.......... 

OK Lisa....
OK Lisa....

PLEASE someone mention Lisa Pembleton's "visions" -  she thinks God talks to her and told her this was going to happen. I am not even making this up/could not if I tried. It was in her original deposition and approaching in questioning by defense earlier in court. This kind of testimony is likely why she needed the Wilson's to buy her off getting her a defense attorney. Pathetic. 

Ok Lisa.....
Ok Lisa.....

PLEASE someone mention Lisa Pembleton's "visions" -  she thinks God talks to her and told her this was going to happen. I am not even making this up/could not if I tried. It was in her original deposition and approaching in questioning by defense earlier in court. This kind of testimony is likely why she needed the Wilson's to buy her off getting her a defense attorney. Pathetic. 

Lisa Rab = horrendous reporter
Lisa Rab = horrendous reporter

Lisa Rab you are a disgrace of a "reporter" - maybe you should go into writing soap operas or tabloid fodder. You'd be better equipped and thats essentially what your articles are anyways. A colorful retelling/dramatization of actual fact/reporting. Go back to journalism school. Or just stop. 

Obermann
Obermann

The most offensive thing to Roy Black must be that a lawyer would actually work for free to get justice.  What a concept.  Roy Black's work  is a threat to society and he should be charged for that.  He rakes in exorbitant fees to enrich himself while working to move the guilty back onto the street.  His work is almost the equivalent of a civil terrorist act.  He aids criminals, gives legal twists to their lies.  If Goodman gets off on this charge, God Help us All.  The boy and his family deserve some justice.  Black should be the first person to step up and tell Goodman to man up!

muddslinger
muddslinger

 He didn't drink it at her trailer D.F.  He drank it at the barn he was at first !!!!

Lisa Rab
Lisa Rab

Actually, if you follow the link above to the feature story I wrote about this case in 2010, Pembleton's dream is mentioned on the first page:

"A week earlier, she'd had the strangest dream: A man broke into her camper, saying he needed the phone. In the dream, she found her Mace and kicked him out but felt terribly guilty afterward. This time, "by God's grace, my response was different," she wrote. "

Victoria Grayson
Victoria Grayson

Hey, whatever your name is, feel free to move along and not read Lisa Rab's articles.  You have lots of other choices.  In the meantime, most of us really like Lisa's reporting, so Lisa please keep on doing the excellent job you do. 

What we don't want to bother reading is someone's disgruntled comment that is drivel.

Li
Li

Well... No one can really say if she had that dream or not. The bible actually speaks of dreams and prophecy many, many times.

I don't think because she said she had a dream makes her unstable. She seems to function in society pretty well. Now if she was stuck up in a bunker on a compound somewhere, then I'd be far more concerned.

Wertlog77
Wertlog77

you may ' really like' Rab's articles but it is not 'reporting' (it is totally biased and has a very clear objective/agenda). Articles such as this would be better categorized as propaganda. I'm just saying - this is advocacy journalism - not reporting. 

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