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Juror admission creates controversy

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-  A book written and published by Dennis DeMartin, a juror in the John Goodman DUI trial, continues to generate controversy.

A chapter many are paying attention to deals with what DeMartin did the day before deliberating in the trial.
 
DeMartin writes in chapter nine of his newly self-published book, "Believing in the Truth," about an experiment he did to better understand how much Goodman might have had to drink the night he crashed his car into Scott Wilson.
 
"It was bothering me that if there was proof that if Mr. Goodman only had 3 or 4 drinks, how drunk would he be? How drunk would I be? I decided to see," writes DeMartin in "Believing in the Truth."
 
DeMartin then explains how he drank three vodka and tonics between 9:00-10:00 p.m. and became disoriented walking around his apartment complex as a result.
 
"When the alarm went off the next morning, I got up and felt relieved. The question in my mind the night before was answered to me. Even if a person is not drunk, 3 or 4 drinks would make it impossible to operate a vehicle. I got dressed and was in a fine frame of mind to go deliberate the evidence we had," concluded DeMartin to close chapter nine of his book.
 
DeMartin conducted his experiment despite being told by Judge Colbath jurors were supposed to make a decision solely based on evidence provided in the courtroom.
 
"The judge never told me don't do any experiments. I wasn't drunk the next morning when I made my decision I'll tell you that, I was fine. I had three drinks the night before to see how I would react if I was him," said DeMartin in an interview on Friday.
 
DeMartin said he has not been contacted by Goodman's lawyers, nor received any instructions from Goodman's attorneys. He said he is not trying to cause problems or a mistrial. DeMartin said he is just speaking from his hearth about his experience.
 
Judge Colbath is expected to make a decision about the claims of juror misconduct on Friday or Monday. 

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Goodman's lawyers are expected to file another motion on Friday using what DeMartin wrote in his book.

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