Jury selection for the upcoming DUI manslaughter trial of Wellington polo boss John Goodman is underway.
And it started with half the 60 potential jurors ushered into the cramped West Palm Beach courtroom this morning saying they know about multi-millionaire Goodman, and the allegations he was drunk when he hit and killed another motorist on a darkened Wellington country road.
One woman told Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Colbath she couldn’t be impartial.
“My sentiment is that rich people get away with murder,” she said.
Colbath announced earlier he will not allow the release of the jurors’ names until after the trial to protect them from reporters.
About 30 minutes ago, Colbath asked the jury pool for an idea of who had little or no exposure to the February 2010 case in which Goodman, the Texas millionaire heir who owns International Polo Club Palm Beach, crashed his Bentley into the car of 23-year-old fresh college graduate Scott Wilson. The impact sent Wilson’s car into a canal, and he drowned.
Only twenty-six would-be jurors raised their hands.
Selection continues although the possibility that the trial be moved to Miami now hangs over the proceedings. Colbath will talk to potential jurors who’ve had media exposure to the case
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