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Attorneys for John Goodman cite Dalia Dippolito as reason for bond


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –

Attorneys for a Wellington polo mogul convicted of DUI manslaughter last month in a 2010 crash that killed a 23-year-old college graduate want their client released on bond while awaiting an appeal seeking a new trial.

John Goodman, founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was drunk when his Bentley slammed into Scott Wilson’s car in February 2010. The collision sent Wilson into a canal, where he drowned.

Goodman faces up to 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced April 30, but his attorneys have filed a motion seeking a new trial. They claim there was jury misconduct and that he didn’t get a fair trial in Palm Beach County.

A new motion filed by Goodman’s attorneys Wednesday lists 13 reasons why he should be released. One of those reasons cites the trial of Dalia Dippolito, who was convicted of solicitation to commit first-degree murder last year and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Boynton Beach woman who hired an undercover officer she thought was a hitman to kill her husband is currently free on bond while she awaits a new trial.

Goodman’s attorneys said if Dippolito can be released, Goodman should be released, too.

Another reason Goodman’s attorneys gave is that he was out on bond for almost two years before his trial and “never once even thought about fleeing.”

The motion also revealed that Wilson’s family settled their civil lawsuit against Goodman for $46 million. That includes the $6 million paid by the Players Club, where Goodman was drinking before the crash.

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