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Judge rules John Goodman won't get credit for time served

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An attempt by attorneys for John Goodman to gain credit for time he has served has been denied.

In court two weeks ago attorney Margaret Good-Earnest told a judge that after his 2012 conviction, Goodman was required to comply with the state's condition that he remain under 24-hour care, custody and control of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.


Goodman was seeking credit for 368 days for time served.

The state argued that while Goodman was under custody of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, he was afforded opportunities people in jail wouldn't normally have.

Goodman was allowed to use computers and phones, have visitors over and even participate in salsa lessons, an attorney for the state argued.

Judge Jeffrey Colbath determined that although Goodman's liberty was restricted under house arrest, he was able to live in his own house, wear his own clothes, and have family and friends over to visit. The judge said Goodman was able to continue working in his office, travel outside of Palm Beach County for doctor's appointments and to meet with his attorneys on a regular basis.

Citing a Fourth District Court of Appeal precedent the judge wrote, "A criminal defendant is not entitled to jail credit for time spent on house arrest."

As a result, Judge Colbath denied Goodman's request to gain credit for time served.

Goodman, who was convicted of DUI manslaughter in the 2010 death of 23-year-old Scott Patrick Wilson, can appeal the order.

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