John Goodman Sentencing Delayed Because Jury Was Acting Stupid

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NOTE, 3:15 p.m.: The headline has been changed from "Is Acting Stupid" to "Was Acting Stupid," as we can't really tell how stupid they're being at the moment.

For the latest (hint: a juror said he was innocent), check out our latest post.

Original post, 12:06 p.m.:
If Wellington rich guy and convicted murderer John Goodman didn't have reasonable grounds for appeal before, he sure does now.

Goodman, who was convicted last month in the 2010 drowning death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson, was supposed to receive up to 30 years in prison today, but the proceedings have been delayed by accusations of rampant silliness among members of the jury.

Currently the most pressing issue: Judge Jeffrey Colbath is scheduled to interview jurors this afternoon about whether discussions of Goodman's wealth played a factor in jury deliberations.

Goodman's legal team has also said jurors tried to contact Colbath after the verdict and announced plans to appeal when Colbath refused Friday to recuse himself from the case because of the matter, according to the Palm Beach Post.

There's also the matter of a book that juror Dennis DeMartin allegedly started writing about the case during the trial, the two letters jurors sent to the judge, and the letter a third woman sent after overhearing a juror talking to a friend at Rocco's Tacos.

The woman said she heard the juror complaining about another juror bullying the others, according to the Palm Beach Post. Bullying? Really? It's not like the jury was deliberating for three weeks and some guy got grumpy and called somebody fat -- the jury convicted Goodman on all counts after five hours. You're debating whether to lock a guy up for 30 years. You couldn't stand up for yourself for one afternoon?

We'll know (a little bit) more after Colbath interviews the jurors, but the questions are reportedly limited to the jury's discussion of Goodman's wealth, and the appeals process could be strung out for years -- and an appellate court could, in theory, still boot Colbath off the case. WPTV is streaming the proceedings starting at 1:30.

(For more about the case, check out our John Goodman primer.)


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Haberstickc
Haberstickc

Enough already.....sentence him to the full 30 yr term and be done with it!!!!!!! !If the was Joe Blow,handyman he would have already been sentenced and in prison to serve his time.It makes me sick to think there could be a chance of Goodman getting off.He's just a hollow shell of a man.

FQS9000
FQS9000

All we have here is a bunch of shysters, continuing to consume Goodman's cash as they frantically hunt for a way to keep his ass out of jail.

You can take any random group of people and find some of them who are willing to say they thought anything.  The judge is going to throw all of this out and Goodman is going to have to start paying cell mates not to rape him.  I hope he makes a bunch of them very rich.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

The genius that is Roy Black is being displayed, 

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Sounds to me like this asshole's "wealth" may have made its way into the jury room or the court for that matter.  What a load of crap.  This guys broadsides a young man, leaves him to die, tries to construct a bs story about drinking after the accident, attempts to convince witnesses to lie about availability of alcohol, adopts his girlfriend to preserve some cash (which also reduced his own kids' share) and is now angling for an appeal.  What a dick.  Not to mention he was born with his $$$ and hasn't really contributed to society, unless you count that absolutely retarted game of polo where people voluntarily walk on horse crap as part of the half time show.   And people think NASCAR is stupid...

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