Goodman Manslaughter Conviction Faces Reversal

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John Goodman's conviction for DUI manslaughter may be thrown out, but attorney Michael Steinger says there are other options for justice.

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It would be a blow to Mr. Wilson's family, but I would encourage them to pursue a civil case.

Polo baron John Goodman is asking a judge to drop DUI manslaughter charges against him, effectively reversing an earlier conviction. Even if the case is dropped, attorney Michael Steinger of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene says Goodman could still pay for his crimes in civil court according to court documents (Case number: 2010CF005829AMB State of Florida vs. John Goodman).

Goodman, who created the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was allegedly driving drunk when he caused a 2010 accident that killed Scott Patrick Wilson. He was convicted in 2012, but a county circuit judge threw out the conviction due to juror misconduct according to the Palm Beach Post (10.23.2013).

That means Goodman faces a retrial, but his legal team is asking for the case to be dropped because key evidence is no longer available.

“They asked to inspect the car he was driving the night of the crash,” said Steinger, who works to protect victims of car accidents and drunk drivers. “The prosecutors had already released it after the original conviction, so his legal team is saying they've been deprived of evidence.” (Case number: 2010CF005829AMB State of Florida vs. John Goodman)

Steinger says that tactic could work.

“Our system is supposed to give both sides a fair chance at every stage of the trial,” Steinger said. “Prosecutors should not have disposed of evidence before the appeal process was complete.”

Under his original conviction Goodman was sentenced with 16 years in prison, but Steinger says even as a free man he could still pay for the alleged crime.

About Steinger, Iscoe & Greene:

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a proven legal team whose number one goal is to get South Florida injury victims every dollar they truly deserve. Since 1997, the firm’s lawyers have successfully handled cases that have included: auto accidents, bicycle accidents, birth injuries and medical malpractice. The entire legal team is committed to representing and fighting for injury victims’ best interests, giving each client insight into Florida law and their rights.

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a legal team with more than 30 lawyers and 130 legal professionals. Offices are located in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Fort Myers and Orlando. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene also offers the No Fee Guarantee®, which means “you don’t owe us any money unless we get money for you.”

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