Roy Black asks to withdraw as John Goodman lawyer

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - The attorneys who helped polo mogul John Goodman get a new trial want to withdraw from the case.

Roy Black and Mark A.J. Shapiro filed the motion in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.

In it they say, "Having obtained an order of the Court on May 3, 2013, vacating the Defendant's earlier conviction and granting him a new trial... (the) attorneys have completed their representation of, and duties to, the Defendant."

They say leaving shouldn't be a problem because Goodman has an independent counsel of record.

Last week Goodman, the International Polo Club Palm Beach founder convicted of DUI manslaughter in connection with the death of University of Central Florida student Scott Wilson, was handed a courtroom victory after Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath said defense attorneys had proven allegations of juror misconduct.

Colbath ordered a new trial, and in doing so, vindicated defense attorneys who contended the actions of a single juror had compromised the fairness of the verdict.

"A juror who deceives to get on a jury in a high profile case for his own profit is a trial lawyer's worst nightmare," Black said at the time.

Dennis DeMartin was the juror at the center of misconduct allegations. The judge called DeMartin "recklessly indifferent to the truth" because DeMartin did not tell lawyers his ex-wife once had a DUI arrest. That revelation might have kept him off the Goodman jury.

The 69-year-old is facing a charge of indirect criminal contempt, a crime that could land DeMartin in jail for more than five months. DeMartin is expected to appear in court May 30th.

A new trial for Goodman hasn't been set.

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