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John Goodman Allowed to Travel to See Ailing Mother, Judge Rules

John Goodman has been given permission to travel to Houston to visit his mother, who is reportedly near death.

In a hearing held Wednesday morning, a judge agreed to let the Wellington polo mogul go after receiving a letter from a doctor, attained by Goodman's lawyer.

Harriett Goodman, 85, reportedly has a tumor and has just three days to three weeks to live.

Goodman was recently awarded a new DUI manslaughter trial when it was revealed that juror Dennis DeMartin failed during jury selection to disclose information about his wife that he included in a self-published book.

In the book, DeMartin writes that his wife was once busted for DUI. At the time of jury selection, DeMartin had told them that no one in his family had ever been arrested for DUI.

Goodman was originally sentenced to 16 years in prison after he got drunk, got in his car, ran a stop sign, and then killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson when he crashed into him.

At the time of the accident, Goodman's blood-alcohol level was recorded at .177, more than twice the legal limit.

The new trial date and location is yet to be set.

On Wednesday, lawyers began working on details of Goodman's trip to Houston.

Goodman was ordered to surrender his passport, and strongly encouraged by the judge to take a commercial flight.

Prosecutor Ellen Roberts seems fine with the ruling, as long as the stipulations are met.

"Four deputies, and a commercial flight, and all of that -- otherwise, I would be really, really nervous about him going without escorts," she said.

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