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Goodman Letters of Support Part 1

Goodman Letters of Support Part 1

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHE15THJUDICIALCIRCUITOFFLORIDA,INANDFORPALMBEACHCOUNTYSTATEOFFLORIDA,Plaintiff,
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TheHonorableJeffreyColbathStateofFloridav.JohnGoodmanCaseNumber:20
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OCF005829AXXDearJudgeColbath:
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MynameisHarriettGoodman.Ihavefourchildren,theyoungestofmychildrenbeingJohnB.Goodman.Needlesstosay,yourhonor,Ihavebeendevastatedbymyson'sconviction.Obviously,amotherviewshersoninadifferentwaythanfriends,colleagues,yourhonorandinthiscase,themediaandgeneralpublicatlarge.IwilltrymybesttoaccuratelyrepresentmysonJohn.
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Contrarytowhathasbeenreported,mychildrendidnotgrowupinalifeofprivilegeandwerenotspoiledoroverindulged.We,likemanyregularfolk,hadveryrealchallengesandovercamemuchadversitythroughhardwork,strongmorals,faithandperseverance.John'shumbleupbringingplayedalargepartinformingthepersonheistoday.Wehavealovingfamilythathasbeenboundedbytradition,charity,honorandintegrity.Johnhashadmanypastexperiencesinadversityandhasalwayslearnlessonsandgrownfromadversitymovingforward.Johnhasalwaysbeenapeoplepleaser.EvenasasmallboyJohnhastriedtobeexceedinglyhelpfultoothers,generous,kindandconsiderate.Johnhashistoryofalifetimeofself-lessdedication.Hehasbeenacommittedson,father,brother,uncleandfriend.Heisdevotedtohisreligion.ItoohavefaithandIhopeandpraythatsomehowtherewill
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Iunfortunately,witnessedthemedia'sconvictionofmysonbeforeactuallygoingtocourt.Isubsequentlyenduredthecourttrialandtheunusuallyintensemediafrenzywhichsurroundedthetragicdemiseoftwofamilies.Icantellyouforcertainthatthistrialhaschangedmeforever.Ithasmademeadifferentperson.Icannolongereveragainlookinnocentlyatthemediaaspresentingfactsorbeingfair,becauseIunfortunatelyknownowthetruth.Iambeginningtoloosefaithinhumanity.Despitemyphysicallimitations,
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Mysondoesnotlie.Mysondoesspeakashedidonthestand,itwasnotanactor"druginduced"astheprosecutorEllenRobertssuggested.IfyouspeakwithmyoldestsonGreg,youwillseethathespeakstheverysameway.Theverycoreofmyson'sbeingisabouthelpingothers.ThereisnothingthatcoulddestroyJohn'sspiritmorethanthethoughtthatpeopletrulybelieveheleftthesceneofanaccidentandfailedtogiveaidtosomeoneinneed.ThisistheantithesisofwhoJohnisathisverycore.Mysonregularlyemployedadriverintheeveningifhefelthemighthavealcohol.Heiswellknownforadvocatingagainstdrinkinganddriving.Infact,heoftentimeshadhisdrivertakehomeotherpeoplewhohedidnotevenknow,whohadbeendeterminedtohavedranktoomuch.ThisisawellknownfactintheWellingtoncommunity.Mysonthoughthewasinaonevehicleaccident,hewouldnevercallthe911emergencynumbertohelphimself.Whenhestatedonthe911call"thisisadisaster"thatishowhedefinesmostthingsthatgowrong.Heisaverycatastrophicpersonduetohisanxietyandalwayshasbeen.Hewasscaredtobe"inbigtrouble"becausehehasneverbeenintroubleandhehasonlyeverfollowedtherules.Policelightswouldonlysignifytroubletosomeonewhohasneverbeenintrouble.
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Asyoucanimaginethisisadifficultletterformegiventhechargesthathaveledtomyson'sconviction.Iaskthatyouconsiderallthegoodthatmysonhasdoneanddonotallowthistragedytoovershadowallelse.
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Yourhonor,therewasmuchmentionofmyson'swealthhowever,Idon'tneedtotellyouthatbeingrichhasnothingtodowithmonetarymeans.IwouldtradeeverydollarforthisaccidenttohaveneverhappenedandfortheWilsonfamilyandmyfamilytoneverhaveenduredthistrauma.Ihopethatyouwillnotoverlook-John'shistoricalbehaviorandlifetimeofphilanthropywhenmakingyourdecision.Contrarytothisconviction,Johnhaslivedhislifeasalaw-abiding,productivecitizenandIhopethatyouwillnotallowatragicaccidenttoeraseeverythingthathehasdoneoveralifetimetobetterthelivesofothers.
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