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John Goodman's Attorneys Want Trial Moved Out of Palm Beach County

John Goodman was awarded a new DUI manslaughter trial, and now he wants that new trial delayed and moved out of Palm Beach County.

Goodman's new attorneys, Douglas Duncan and Scott Richardson, are having a status meeting with Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath on Wednesday morning to discuss having another hearing in October, where they can set a firm date and new place to have the trial.

Duncan and Richardson fear that their infamous client's last trial was so public, any jury pool selected in Palm Beach County would be tainted.

Duncan and Richardson also say Goodman's last attorney, Roy Black, has withheld case files from them.

According to records, Black's firm won't release its Goodman files because it has "exercised a retaining lien" on the records.

Duncan and Richardson have studied the files but were not allowed to make copies of them.

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.

However, Goodman was given a new trial by Judge Colbath when it was revealed that juror Dennis DeMartin failed during jury selection to disclose information about his wife that he included in his awesomely titled self-published book Will She Kiss Me or Kill Me? 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, according to Goodman's attorneys.

Colbath ruled that the missing information was enough to call for a retrial.

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