A Florida judge today held juror Dennis DeMartin in contempt of court and sentenced him to jail for at least 120 days. The contempt finding stemmed from DeMartin's misconduct during the trial of polo mogul John Goodman. Because of DeMartin's actions, Goodman's conviction and 16-year prison sentence for DUI manslaughter was set aside. Goodman will now have to be retried.
DeMartin's transgressions were twofold. First, he failed to tell the court that his ex-wife, then wife, was convicted of DUI. In addition, DeMartin conducted his own experiment with alcohol to determine how drinking might impair one's abilities. The court discovered DeMartin's misconduct because he self-published three books in which he detailed his time as a juror in the Goodman trial. According to the trial judge who sentenced DeMartin,
If I found Mr. DeMartin a benign Mr. Magoo who was unaware of the destruction he left in his wake, then I would find differently. I don’t think that’s the case.
Palm Beach Post: Juror Dennis DeMartin sentenced to 120 days in custody