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Goodman Letters of Support Part 2

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The Honorable Case Number:

Jeffrey Colbath 2010CFOOS829AXX

State of Florida v. John Goodman

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My name is Peter M. Brant and I am the Chairman and C.E.O.of White Birch Paper Company, headquartered

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Greenwich, CT - a newsprint manufacturing concern. Outside of my business life, I participate in the arts in a variety of capacities. In addition to being an avid collector, I am a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Advisory Council of The Andy Warhol Museum, Chairman's College, New York, NY. I am a fonner Trustee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim In addition, I am the owner and Chainnan of Brant Publications, Pittsburgh, the Council of The Museum of Modern Art, New York and serve on the Art Advisory Board at Hunter Foundation also in New York. Inc., publisher of The Magazine Antiques, of several Polo aub and

Art in America, and MODERN MAGAZINE, as well as Interview, founded by the artist Andy Warhol in 1969. Outside of my professional endeavors, I am an avid horseman and polo player. I am the founder/co-founder prominent clubs in the US, notably Saratoga Polo Association, Greenwich Polo Ciub, 8ridgehampton Connecticut. At this time, I am writing on behalf of Mr. John Goodman whom I met through polo and have known since 1996. While our association has primarily been through business pursuits and on the field, I have always found John to be cordial and a good sportsman. I am a member of International Polo Club Palm Beach which John built, and having built clubs myself, am impressed with the professional organization he has assembled and the capable staff he has hired and sustained, many of whom have worked for him for years - a reflection of his character and business acumen. I have witnessed nothing but integrity on and off the field from Mr. Goodman, and have seen his love and compassion for animals (horses), as well. Goodman: I do not believe Mr. Goodman I would ask you, Judge Colbath, to be merciful on Mr. John person and hope that leniency himself and pray for forgiveness. is a bad person or a dishonest

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number 2010CF005829A.XX

Dear Judge Colbath;
My name is Amy Carr. I am the broker/owner of a small real estate company in Wellington, Florida and a member of the International Polo Club. I have been in Wellington full time since 1985 when I married and chose to make south Florida home. I met John Goodman over 20 years ago when he came to Florida to play polo and rented the house next door to mine. He was very pleasant and friendly to me and my children. Over the years I have seen John frequently at polo games here in Florida and in Houston where my son played in a polo tournament a few summers ago. I am not a member of John's close circle of friends however I have been in the same place as he many times over the years and witnessed his behavior and demeanor. John single handedly saved polo in Wellington by starting IPC when the owner of Palm Beach Polo and Country Club let the fields there go to development. That commitment has been the basis for saving and creating many jobs and opportunities for many people here on all levels. This is the only instance in which for all the years I have known john that I have seen him use his money in such a visible way. I believe he has been unfairly portrayed because of this. While I am confident you have been made aware of many of John's charitable endeavors I'm not sure you are aware of his selfless nature. For as long as I have known John he has been the same ... very shy, soft spoken, unassuming a gentle man and is childlike in his communication skills. I have witnessed on many occasions his concern and compassion for other people. He has always been polite and kind to everyone, not just the club members or other polo patrons. He treats the grooms and the waiters with the same respect he treats the club members and sponsors. I have seen him go out of his way to help others and never once have I witnessed any form of disregard. I firmly believe that had John known that Scott's car was in the canal he would have. done any and everything he could have to save that young man.

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The Honorable Jeffrey Cobath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 20l0CF005829AXX April 2, 2012

Dear Judge Colbath: I am President and Founder of Texas Polo, Inc. We are the largest polo ball manufacturer in the world and a leader in the finest in polo tack, saddles, and bridles. This still makes us a small company, but we are a leader in our little industry. We have been in business 36 years. I have known John Goodman for 25 years, done business with him and played polo with him. In business he has honored all verbal agreements and paid his bills promptly. Hotly contested polo games sometimes bring latent hostility or anger to the surface in some personalities - never in John Goodman; even in hot steamy 105 degree summer days in Texas. John was and is a calm, cool, steady person, even under pressure. John is a charitable person, giving money and sponsoring enterprises that benefit the general community and the polo community while shunning publicity and adulation. John is a kind and good person who made a huge and tragic mistake February 12,2010. urge you to be lenient in line with justice in your sentencing.

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1. Vincent Meyer

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April 2, 2012 The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: I am a Certified Public Accountant and have over 39 years of experience dealing with privately-held businesses in the United States. I served for over 20 years as the President of a publicly-traded business development company that invested in over 90 small businesses, and served on the board of directors of over 50 of such entities. In 2007, I was asked by John Goodman to assist him in working with the over 20 small businesses that his family had invested in after the sale of their interests in Goodman Manufacturing. Before retaining me, John made it perfectly clear that he expected me to be fair in dealing with these businesses and their management teams, and explained how excited he was about being able to give other individuals who owned these small businesses the same opportunity that members of his family had enjoyed. In almost five years of experience, I have never seen John take unfair advantage, and he has been most lenient in giving his co-owners every reasonable chance for success. While the managers of these businesses are disappointed with the events leading up to John's incarceration, they all have indicated how much they will miss the advice and counsel that John has offered, as well as other tangible support from he and his family. respectfully request your leniency in sentencing Mr. Goodman, as his innate business acumen, if re-directed to these small businesses as soon as feasible, will certainly contribute to their well-being as well as the creation or retention of numerous jobs in the economy.

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 201 OCF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: My name is Neil Hirsch. I am an American businessman and patriot. I founded a NYSE company named Telerate Inc., which I sold to Dow Jones in 1990 and subsequently served on the Board of Directors of Dow Jones & Co. The company revolutionized the distribution of financial information in the international bond and currency markets. I essentially built a global infrastructure of computer terminals to relay information regarding bond/currency prices. I later created a sold a similar company called Loanet Inc. which tracked securities lending. I am honored to be an integral part of the Wellington community. I have resided in the Town of Wellington since 1995. I currently own and operate a restaurant in the town and was the Patron of a polo team. I am philanthropic on a local and national level. I support many local charitable organizations such as; The Hanley Center, The Boys and Girls Club, The Palm Beach SheriffFoundation ... (ETC) I have been acquainted with John Goodman since the mid 1990's. I have played polo against John at the International Polo Club that he founded. John's dedication to the local community has created jobs, helped local businesses to stay afloat in a troubled economy, introduced new visitors to Wellington and improved the real estate/land prices. I would not he overstating that John Goodman has provided in numerous direct and indirect effects on the local Wellington economy at a significant financial expense to himself.

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Although my friendship with John has been limited to the polo field, I do know that John has historically been a person of standing within the Wellington community. John has been considered to be magnanimous, humble, philanthropic and deeply committed to ensuring financial longevity in the Wellington community. The night of the accident, John had been at the restaurant, which I own. Although I was not there that night, my staff has assured me that John had not been intoxicated upon leaving the restaurant. As I am sure that you are aware, my restaurant was also involved in the civil suit. The attorneys from the insurance company ultimately settled a civil suit with the Wilson family for 6 million dollars. This was well within my insurance policy limits. Despite the fact that my insurance company chose to settle, the attorney had notified me in writing that, in his opinion, the restaurant did not have any liability in the case and that the evidence presented had corroborated that John Goodman was not intoxicated upon leaving and that he had 3 drinks while at the restaurant. As a recovering alcoholic with over 20 years sobriety, I fully understand the importance of giving consequences to a person who has been driving while intoxicated. I am steadfast and unwavering with my staff that any intoxicated patrons is to be put in a cab or to be driven home (even if it is at my expense). I assure you that had my insurance company indicated any liability from my establishment or John Goodman, I would not be writing this letter. As a major charitable supporter and Director of The Hanley Center, I firmly believe in a persons' ability to recover from situations that have tragic consequences. I know that given the opportunity, John will exhaust every resource in order to further serve the community and make differences in the lives of many. I am weary that John's absence in the community will result in the loss of jobs, a great impact on an entire industry and further declines in local businesses and real estate values, at a time where there community may not recover from these significant economic losses.

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For these' reasons, I request that the Court be' lenient when considering sentencing John Goodman. I ask the court and Your Honor to be cognizant that John Goodman's presence or absence in the community will impact more then the two families involved. If the International Polo Club closes it's doors, it wilI impact as many as 2,500 families and may economically devastate an entire community. Thank you for taking the time to review my perspective. Respectfully \

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 20l0CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: Before I begin, I would like to ask you to reflect on the people you have worked for as you progrcssedun-youccareer. Pleasethink ef tlle;p~l:SpfiH1hy-ttatts':tjfydor hieai'Stiperiot':' Onceyou have a good picture of the characteristicsofthis type of person, then you have a better idea of John Goodman. My name is Justin Thompson and I am the Director of Golf at the Wanderers Club. Mr. Goodman is my boss. I first met John Goodman in July 2007 to discuss the Wanderers Club and began the privilege of working on turning his vision for a golf club into a reality. I've spent the majority of my life around golf and have worked at some of the finest golf clubs from New England to Florida. Along the way I've played golf and interacted with CEO's. Senators, caddies, bag boys and everything in between. In some ways my job is similar to yours, in that through work we both interact with people from all walks of life. As you know, when you deal with people on a daily basis you become skilled at judging character and personalities. John Goodman is genuinely a good person. I've had the pleasure of working for Mr. Goodman for the last 5 years and have also ttaveled with him on several occasions. Around the workplace he is compassionate and thoughtful. He has always delivered on his promises and is a man of integrity that I trust. In fact, I relocated my family from Philadelphia to work for him. When travelling with John, I've witnessed a true gentleman that is polite and respectful to everyone he meets. As you can image with any start up business there are constant successes and failures as things :··¢H:n0t:-,ilI:v.'~J''': .rum .cut as planned. DC.51iii~"th6~ilp:;<ii1iii'A:!t;;jl7!i<)olin;:G:.50clmM hae always remained 'even' tempered. Not once have I seen him lose his composure. In addition, John Goodman treats me and the entire staff with kindness and respect regardless of our title or role in the business. He is great man to work for and to spend time around. For the reasons stated above, I believe the Court should be lenient on John Goodman. He always strives to do the right thing and would never intentionally harm anyone, but like all of us he is not perfect. He should be given the opportunity for forgiveness. Thank you for your careful consideration of my request. .

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath, I am writing to support Mr. Goodman in this most trying time in his life. J am the Director of Finance for the International Polo Club for the past four years. Because Mr. Goodman had a vision to create the best Polo Club in the United States, I and many others have had the best career opportunities of our lives. Countless others have had the opportunity to experience the best polo in the United States including the US Open Championship games. He has been very generous to the staff making sure at holiday time we all got turkeys or hams and pie to take home to our families. He is very generous to many charities including Curing Children's Cancer which has received donations from our Polo Ball for the past few years. Another example of his generosity has been to make sure key employees receive pay checks all year even though our season is only 5 to 6 months long. These employees include department heads, grounds crew, office staff and even the man that folds the towels. He cared more about keeping good people employed rather than about how much money it was costing him or his children's trusts. Mr. Goodman and the International Polo Club have brought economic growth to the community of Wellington. A year ago he was approached by Wellington Classic Dressage because they were in need of a sponsor to save the World Dressage Masters event which would have otherwise been lost in the United States and taken to Europe. Once again Mr. Goodman rose to the occasion and agreed to sponsor Dressage. He not only saved the event for the United States but sponsored the best World Dressage Masters event ever in Wellington. It cost the Polo Club a significant amount of money, but he did it for a great cause. We sponsored it again this year. For as long as I have known Mr. Goodman, he has always been very gracious and humble. After the accident I saw a different man. He seemed to be searching for a way to deal with the tragic event. He went to church, put Budda statues in the Spa, hung crystals in his house and hired a Yoga and Meditation Instructor. He really is a good person who one night was in the wrong place at the wrong time and a terrible accident resulted. Please remember it was an "accident". I really feel the Court should be lenient in sentencing him. He can do, and has done, a lot more good out of jail than he will ever be able to do in jail. Not just one life but many lives and the community of Wellington may depend on this decision. It's like Apple without Steve Jobs. Thank you for your time and may God be with you when you make your decision!

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: My name is Orrin Ingram, President and CEO of Ingram Industries in Nashville, Tennessee. Ingram is a Nashville based privately held company with two operating divisions: Ingram Content Group which is the country's largest book distributor and a pioneer in digital services including print on demand and ebooks and Ingram Marine Group which is the nation's largest carrier on the inland waterways system with a fleet of over 4,000 barges and approximately 150 towboats. Ingram employs over 5,000 people worldwide. I presently serve on the boards of Ingram Micro Inc., the world's largest software distributor, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. and First Bank. I have devoted a great deal of time and resources to many other boards I serve on including: Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Chairman of the Board of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a member of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust. I also serve on the boards of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the United States Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, the Nashville Public Education Foundation, the U. S. Sportsmen's Alliance and the Wetlands America Trust Board for Ducks Unlimited. I am a member of the executive board, as well as, the past Chairman of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and past President of the Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts of America, past Chairman of the United States Polo Association and the Polo Training Foundation. I have known John Goodman for over ten years when we started the Commuter Polo League together with our good friend Summerfield Johnston III. We have owned race horses together and have many of the same interests. He has always been a person who tried to do things the right way, even if he sometimes fell short.

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I have been taught to give back to the communities in which I live and John has lived his life by that principle as well. He has helped host events at the IPC (International Polo Club) for the following charities: Miami Project, Texas Curing Children's Cancer Center,Vinceremos, Diabetes Research Foundation Institute, Equus Foundation, Boys & Girls of Palm Beach, Polo Players Support Group, Challenge of the Americas Breast Cancer, YMCA of Palm Beaches, Red Cross of the Palm Beaches, Polo Training Foundation, Polo Museum and Hall of Fame, Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Palms West Chamber of Commerce. Judge Colbath, John Goodman is a very good person who has made a terrible mistake. A life has been lost that can never be brought back, but John can still do a lot of good in this world if given a chance. I am a strong believer in our court system and that there should be a price to pay for actions which go against the legal norms of society, particularly in a tragic circumstance like we have here. But, I also believe in moderation and leniency in punishment where a person like John Goodman could use the rest of his life and his resources making amends for this regrettable chapter in his life.

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: I run an investor backed software startup, now four years old, in Houston, Texas. John, along with his professional investment team through his investment company, Altazano, led the investments in Mezeo, This included seed capital, and our A round financing, which has recently concluded, and includes investments from other private investors in addition to the Goodman family trusts. It is important to point out that the most recent Goodman family trust investments in Mezeo were made at the direction of an independent special asset class director, and John was not involved. Also, we have been asked, and have begun the process in this most recent capital raise, to move away from reliance on Altazano (representing the Goodman family trusts and affiliates) as a future source of funding. I think this is pertinent because my requests in this letter are based on my views of John in my past associations with him, versus any need to secure some sort of future investor participation (from John and/or the family trusts) in Mezeo. Simply said, this is a voluntary letter, which provides no benefit to my company or me in the future. Mezeo is poised for success and is continuing to grow and prosper. We are very proud of what we have accomplished. A private, investor backed software startup generally, if it does not fail and go out of business, runs seven years, goes through $27M of invested capital, and creates a business that is ultimately either bought by another company, or goes public via an IPO. We are about halfway through this process. This sort of investing is not for the faint of heart, it requires a strong partnership by the entrepreneurs, investors, employees, board members and advisors, and quite a bit of vision, and luck. We are enjoying all of these circumstances right now. Further, I am very proud of what Mezeo accomplishes, not just for our investors, which is understandable, but for the employees, suppliers, and customers of Mezeo. Today, Mezeo creates products that are used or being evaluated by companies and institutions in the USA, Europe, the Middle East (Israel), Africa and Asia. We have 30 employees in Houston and Austin, who have great jobs, earn a good living, and are excited about their future prospects. We are engaged with some of the largest telephone companies, IT

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service providers, mobile phone and device manufacturers, institutions and companies, worldwide. For example, next week our software will be installed for a proof of concept at a United Nations IT service provider in Switzerland, in support of a solution the World Bank will use. None of this did or would have existed without the partnership with John and his investment team at Altazano. This ability to combine risk capital with the vision and skills of entrepreneurs is one of the things that America leads the world in. While it is the stuff of a lot of press and media coverage (like Facebook or Google); it actually happens in a more realistic way every day, many companies are formed and succeed, because of these partnerships. John demonstrated his confidence and vision with us time and again. It is not always an easy process. As a four year old company that is beginning to have some success in the marketplace, it is a much easier call to invest in Mezeo today versus a raw start where all you have is a vision and a plan. John does not view himself as having a significant "technology" back ground; instead he invested in our team, and shared our product vision. It is difficult to make those decisions once, it is even harder to hang in there during the process when plans are missed, products are delayed, deals fail to resolve, and the 100 other circumstances that can go astray in this sort of endeavor. When I think of our partnership with John, I think in terms of how I would compare him with some of the other investor experiences I have had. It would normally be "enough" for him to have continued his support of the company, through lean times, after having subjected us to significant "fire drills" and inquisitions, and generally make us feel at risk in order to satisfy himself that we have put forth the maximum effort. Instead, he was constantly supportive of our efforts, and understanding when they did not yield the initially planned result. I cannot recall a single unpleasant discussion with him, but this is not a statement of a lack of engagement on his part, it is simply his style to be supportive and looking for solutions to the challenges, as opposed to other, more "in your face" styles. The thing that was really unique, in retrospect, about John's approach to his investment in Mezeo, was how appreciative he was of our efforts. He never failed to say thank you for our efforts, even when they had come up short. I am sure there were many times he was frustrated with us, but his outward demeanor was unassuming and always supportive. I cannot recall another investor who would have acted similarly. John has made it possible for us to pursue our vision of creating software for cloud storage. Without his financial support we would not have started Mezeo, or made it to where we are today. His advisors at Altazano were part of the team and are on our board. They are similarly motivated. They are, as a group, very supportive of our efforts, and appreciative. While that is somewhat easier to do today, this has been a long, tough road, and lesser people would have become impatient and moved on.

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Finally, I have always been struck by John's humility. He was never boastful or arrogant, always appreciative and understanding. He wanted to help, versus direct. Also, with John I felt it was a party of equals. Some very wealthy people have struck me as far more difficult to understand or find common ground with. Today, Mezeo is beginning to emerge as a leadership company with a bright future. The jobs we have created, the commerce we are responsible for, is an amazing situation which effects the lives of my employees, myself, and our customers. Mezeo is our passion, and its success will be, in no small part, because of John and his faith and confidence in my team and myself. This creative capitalism transcends the simple opportunity to make money, believe me there are easier ways to do that. Entrepreneurism is a blessing and a curse, and we are teamed with investors to make it happen. I would do it with John and Altazano every time. Some months after the tragic accident, I was in Florida on business, and I made it a point to see John to give him an update on Mezeo. We had our usual discussion about the business and where we stood on our various plans and initiatives. We then shared an uncommon moment for people in a business relationship. I did not know John prior to this association, and I would classify our relationship as professional, not personal. I simply asked him how he was doing. He said he was OK. Then he said that he understands why everybody is so upset with him. He just wished them to know that he will never find any measure of peace with himself on this situation, and that there is no way to understand how hard he has been on himself about this situation. It was a quiet moment between two people. I always, when I think of this situation, am similarly challenged by the notion of "there but for the grace of God go I". It is far easier for me to forgive John than for the parents, family and friends of the young man who died; I understand that. I am writing to indicate my support for leniency in your judgment about John and his punishment. I believe he is sorry, and would do anything to reverse these circumstances. He is a good person, not without his faults, but who is. I can truly say that I have not seen the faults, only a supportive and professional relationship. I understand that there are consequences. I also believe that typical incarceration does not seem like a way to do much more than just continue the suffering that this situation has caused. Perhaps there is some sort of halfway house combined with significant community service, at his expense, to combat drunk driving and make others aware that it can happen to you, would be a fair penalty. I do not know what choices you have, or what flexibility you can show. I know that others must know that a price must be paid. I just want to see if something positive can arise from this tragedy. Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely,

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: My name is Tim Gannon and I am Co-Founder of Outback Steakhouse and an avid polo player lor over 20 vears. 1 have been John Goodman's neighbor and close friend tor over 10 yrs. I have known John for over 15 years and have had many interactions with him on a business, social and charitable basis. First of all on a business level, John has always been a man of his word. I purchased 40 acres of land and developed my home next to him. I also encouraged John to build a first class polo club. This new club would revive polo to a world class status from what was a rundown and decaying facility. He did this with his own money and without any great financial returns and has operated the dub with great integrity and fairness. On charity side, John has donated his club and their services to countless charitable ventures. The Miami Project to cure spinal cord injury of which I co-chaired w/Tommy Lee Jones raised over Y, million dollars for research. He also sponsored the 40 Goal Outback Challenge which raises over $300,000 every year and has done so for the last 8 years. This charity, The Polo Players Trust Fund takes care of injured workers in the polo world who cannot afford the medical attention they need. in terms of improving the community, John Goodman has invested millions of dollars to improve the polo world which attracts 3,000 local residents every Sunday during the season. He has also overhauled The Wanderers Club and has made that a first class golf course for all local residents and its golf course members. He cares about the community he lives in and has tried over the iast decade to make it avibrant and successful place to live for many. This is the John Goodman I know. I hope this letter will round out the character of John Goodman. I hope the court will be lenient to John Goodman because he has tried to make so many other people's lives abetter and will continue to do so if given the opportunity.

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My name is Jan M. Bone. I am a lawyer, admitted to practice in Massachusetts for the past 28 years. During this time, I have practiced both as a partner in one of the largest Jaw firms on cape Cod and also
as a sole practitioner. I have concentrated much of my efforts in the areas of Business/Contract law and Probate and Estates but have been fortunate to also have experience in and exposure to other areas including but not limited to litigation and Criminal law (including DUI offenses). I have been an author/contributor, with a former partner, to Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education programs and have been a speaker for organizatlons ranging from Elder Services to the Estate Planning Council of cape Cod, local church organizations and Masons' groups from throughout southeastern Massachusetts. I have also been an actIVe participant in pro bona efforts both on a personal professional level as well as through local legal organizations. I am active in my community, having held elected office as a 3 term ( 9 year) member of both the Orleans School Committee and the Nauset R.egional School Committee, made up of 5 towns, where

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activities, served as a board member for the Orleans Academv of Performing Arts, a community theater and performing arts school. I have also, during the past 8 years, devoted much of myself to assisting in the development and establishment of Chinese Heritage Tours in conjunction with the Ministry of OVerseas Chinese AffGin in Beijing, China. I have provided both the legal services for the US. based portion of the program, and have three

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which is subsidized by the Chinese government, encourages and provides an affordable way for adopted Chinese children and their families to return to China for cultural and educational visits, tours and language immersion classes. it has now enabled hundreds of children to reconnect with their heritage.
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news and commentary surrounding it, I was struck and even alarmed, not only by the huge attention paid to the proceedings compared to similar trials, which garnered barely a newspaper mention, but also by the anger leveled at John Goodman specifically because of his wealth. I, therefore, am motivated to write to you in the hopes of providing a reference for John Goodman, the man whose previous 47 years were

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I am a friend of John's nephew, Hutton Goodman. I have known Hutton for approximately

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that she has had the opportunity to get to know John very Allie and Hutton and they lived there for months at a time.
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Allie was 16 years old she and her 14 year old sister were on vacation in Mexico with their father, Brian. The day before they were to leave, Allie and Brian. were caught in a riptide while swimming. Despite Allie's valiant efforts to herp her father, he drowned, le9Ving Allie and her sister, my nieces, alone in Mexico. The time following this tragedy has been a journey of great sorrow and difficulty for Allie, her sisters and her mother (my sister), as well as the extended family. I have personally seen the strug2le to rebuild their lives while honoring Brian's memory. Allie, who was a high achleving.student, was faced with an overwhelming personal and emotional loss. Nonetheless, she persevered, always continuing to try to give her best efforts to her future and her family and friends. She was named the University of Virginia Jefferson Scholar for Marblehead High School in Massachusetts and eventually attended and graduated from the University of Virginia. It was there that she met Hutton Goodman. John
Goodman became Allie's employer for a time but he also became a mentor, a host and a friend to her. She calls him and "incredible man", and speaks glowingly of his contributions to the Wellington community, including his charitable work and his business, which provides a livelihood and income to so many residents. the

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The way she most often describes john Goodman is as someone who "would give you shirt off his back" and someone of extraordinary kindness.

Most tellingIy, by far, however, she refers to him as a father figure to her. I have ~ in the 11 years since her father's death heard her N!ferto anyone else in those terms or anything dose to those words. It speaks volumes to me as to his character and to the person that John Goodman is. It also gives me great sorrow to think that a person like John could potentially be sentenced to what would amount to a life sentence in prison. tt Is also so difficutt to contemplate that Allie, after suffering such a great loss, may suffer another loss of a person like a "father' to her. My niece is a person of great strength and integrity and I value highly and completely trust her unwavering belief in John Goodman. My hope is that the court will temper justice with mercy and afford John Goodman the leniency I believe he deserves. I am aware that Florlda has particularly severe sanctions for DUI offenses, as I see sentences of fewer than 10 and even fewer than 5 years reported for similar or even greater convictions in Massachusetts and other states. A minimum sentence would not be out of line with Florida guidelines and WOuldstill exceed but more closely reflect what Individuals receive in other parts of the country. Leniency is also entirely appropriate in these circumstances because of who John Goodman is as a person and the manner in which he conducted his life. It is my understanding that not only does John Goodman have no previous offenses, he does not even have a parking ticket. He was a contributing and valued member of his community and his family. He provided employment for many and brought visitors and revenue to the Wellington area, as well as giving much of himself to charity .. 10 every interview I have seen with his employees, they have expressed their respect for him as a person and an
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accident. His family is devastated, including his 2 children who are faced with the potential loss of their
father for many years or even his lifetime. Having experieru:ed flrsthand the utter devastation caused by a father's foss, it is my fervent hope that the court will recognize the real man behind the terrible picture painted by the prosecution and press, as someone deserving of a second chance in life, someone who has much good to contribute to family and community. Please grant leniency to John Goodman.

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: My name is Elizabeth Hedley and I am an independent polo photographer at the International Polo Club. I have worked in the marketing, sponsorship, special events and PR departments in the Wellington horse industry since 1990. My employers have been the most significant men in the business:
• • • • • Mr. William Ylvisaker - Polo player who first brought polo to Wellington and founder of Palm Beach Polo Country Club(PBPCC) Mr. Glen Straub - Developer who took over PBPCC and founder of Palm Beach Polo & Hunt Club) Mr. Gene Mische - Founder of the Wellington's Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) "The Longest, Largest running Horse Show in The World" Mr. Mark Bellissimo - Entrepreneur and developer who took over WEF Mr. John Goodman - Founder of the International Polo Club (IPC), the largest and most important polo venue for the sport of polo in the United States.

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Because of each one of these employers, Mr. Goodman included, I was able to have a job in an industry that I love, purchase a home, buy a better car and contribute to a society in which I live. When I worked for Mr. Goodman I found him to be quite sensitive, caring, compassionate, fair, creative, and the most charitable employer I have ever known. In fact just the other day as we were photographing the 4 polo matches at IPC and I heard the news that Sony was cutting 10,000 employees, I was thankful for my job and reminded of Mr. Goodman's positive impact on so many. From horse shoers, hay suppliers, field crews, grooms, mallet makers, announcers, umpires, photographers and the like....it is because of him, each one of us has a job. Because of Mr. Goodman, each one of us can put gas in our cars, buy food for our families, save for a future and work our craft in an industry we are passionate about And we do it not for the fashion of polo, but for the sport of polo.

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I have attached a short list of the behind the scenes people that directly benefited from one day of polo at the International Polo Club. Polo is a tricky sport to work and there are not many John Goodmans around with the ability to develop such a significant club and do it right Many have tried and failed. My point is that it is in my opinion that Mr. Goodman has the ability and the means to continue contributing to society. He can continue to create jobs, treat employees with kindness and fairness, like I experienced, and make a positive difference in someone's life. What if he developed a Drug & Alcohol Rehab for Youth, dedicated as the Scott Wilson Center, or founded a handicap-riding center? Have you seen the "Work To Ride" program in Philadelphia? It is a non-profit equestrian program providing disadvantaged urban youth with constructive activities centered around horsemanship, equine sports and education, ages 7-19yrs old. The program works, just ask Kareem Rosser featured on ESPN's e60, http://espn.go.com/espn/e60/story/jid/7093372 Nothing will bring back the life lost in this tragic situation. However, perhaps a life could be gained by allowing Mr. Goodman an opportunity to return to society as quickly as possible to contribute a positive impact on so many lives yet to live. Thank you for your time. Sincerely,

Elizabeth A. Hedley Polo Photographer /Polographics.com

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida vs. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath, I am employee at International Polo Club, and I have been working for and with Mr. Goodman for 9 years. He has a generous and employer and I am very grateful for all he has done for me. I can personally attest to the fact that Mr. Goodman is good person and a good father. I have had the pleasure to work for Mr. Goodman for 9 years and he has always been kind, and respectful to all employees. I have picked up Mr. Goodman fromthe airport when he would arrive in town with his family and he was always very kind to me and was very respectful. Mr. Goodman has done a lot in the Wellington community helping with community development and employment. An example of this is even during an unstable work environment he has continued the polo industry so that, people like me who work for him were not laid off during the economic downfall. I ask on behalf of myself and my fellow co-workers that have looked up to Mr. Goodman and appreciate everything he has done for us, if you could please show him leniency during sentencing.

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To the Honorable Jeffrey Colbath,

Regardingthe State of Florida vs John Goodman, Case Number: 201OCF005829AXX,I am an employee of John Goodman's and I hope someone he considers a friend. I also manage Santa Barbara Polo Club in the summer months. It has been my privilege to work for John at International Polo Club since shortly after I graduated college and started work in polo. John has transformed the polo community here in Wellington and directly or indirectly provided jobs for hundreds of people. There has been a lot of press about the "sport of millionaires," but I cannot say enough for what John Goodman has done for people like myself, who come into this somewhat exotic world not for the glamour or the money, but simply to make a living and a better life. John has supported numerous charity events to the max, and was always looking for ways to direct money from polo to charity. I remember an incident one year in the US Open when a large percentage of the money raised from the Calcutta was designated to the Curing Childrens Cancer Fund. After we notified the charity of the amount raised, one of the largest bidders backed out. Rather than decrease the contribution for the charity, John made up the difference out of his own pocket. Much has been made in the media about John's quiet expression at the trial. From what I have seen in years of working with him, he is an introspective, somewhat shy person who is very reserved in public gatherings, so I can only imagine how much more reserved he would be in the courtroom situation with the eyes of the media upon him. I wish to encourage the court to show leniency in sentencing John Goodman. He is a nice, honorable man who made a mistake. Many people have made judgments on him based on the media portrayals, but as someone who knows him personally I think that he has been dealt with very harshly by the media, and it pains me to see the public castigation of someone who has helped so many people over the years. I hope the court will see that it will not do anyone any good to excessively punish John. Regards,

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: My name is Elaine Watt and I have known John Goodman for about 20 years. My husband, Kelby Watt is John's farrier, so that is how I became familiar with him. When polo comes to a close in Wellington every spring, a good many of us go somewhere else for the summer. For my family it has to been to go where polo is played in the surruner to make a living and to provide the things that we enjoy like our farm in the Ocala, FL area. It can be a difficult thing for a person to pack a suitcase and be gone for an extended period of time, but John has always had his manager make sure that Kelby had a comfortable place to live. That made it easy for me to be away from my home in Florida and be with my husband where he worked. In my experience with John, he is a very quiet, shy kind of man and always very polite and cordial to me. I am asking the court to be lenient on John when you determine his sentence because he really is a good man. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and considering my thoughts about Mr. Goodman. Sincerely,

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: I am Kelby Watt, and I have known John for about 20 years. I am a farrier (horseshoer) and have been a farrier for 38 years. My father taught me my trade and I have been shoeing in the polo industry for all 38 years. My father also was a farrier in the polo industry so our history as far as making a living is with polo. When John came to Wellington, a mutual friend recommended to John's people that they should get me to shoe the horses and that was the beginning of our relationship. Over the years, I have traveled to Boston, MA, Calgary, Canada, Lexington, KY, Santa Barbara, CA, Houston, Texas and Big Hom, Wyoming during the summer to work for John. John is one of the best sponsors that I have worked for during my long career. I say that because he always had his manager make sure that there were decent places for me to live. It is not uncommon for farriers and grooms to get less than desirable living accommodations. John took care of his people. I remember one time in Santa Barbara, CA, I was living with his manager in a house on the property that John had provided and he wanted to shower after a game. John asked if it would be alright if he could take a shower at the house. I have never forgotten his consideration for me in that he did not just take the attitude that he is providing the housing and he can shower whenever he wants. John always sends me a box of Texas Tenderloins at Christmas. I tell you this because he is the only sponsor that I work for that remembers me at Christmas. These are a couple of personal experiences with John that I wanted to share with you as you make your determination about John's fate.

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I pray for the Court to be lenient with John because out here in Wellington, there are a lot of people besides me that make their living thanks to John Goodman. Groundskeepers for the polo fields, food servers in the restaurants, cooks, bartenders, grooms, maintenance people, veterinarians, horse dentists and professional polo players, these are only a few of the jobs that John is responsible for providing and in these difficult economic times, it would make for a hardship on a lot of people. Finally, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my letter and ask you to please consider my information when you make your decision.

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 201OCF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: I know Mr. Goodman because my Dad, Kelby Watt, is his farrier. Through the years, my Dad has worked for many sponsors, Mr. Goodman has been one of the very few that when he has a social gathering at his barn, I have always been included with my children. My children love to go to his barbecues because lots of families come and the children love to go and play plus have a nice dinner. When I have seen him at these functions, he has always been very kind and welcoming to me. I know that these circumstances are very tragic and sad and there are no easy solutions, but I ask the court to be lenient on Mr. Goodman because he is a very considerate and bighearted man. Thank you for reading my letter on behalf of Mr. Goodman and I pray that you will make a reasonable decision. Sincerely,

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath Re: State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: My name is Cynthia Smith and I am an employee at Goodman Global, Inc (Goodman Manufacturing) in Houston, Texas. I became acquainted with John Goodman when I went to work for his father, Harold Goodman, the founder of the Goodman air conditioning company, in 1986. I worked with Mr. Goodman, Sr., as his assistant, up to the time of his death in 1995. I have been employed there continuously since that time. When I first began working with Mr. Goodman, Sr., John was a young man in his early 20's learning the business at his father's side. I was in contact with John during this time and observed his diligence and eagerness to learn the business that his father had founded. later, for a brief period of time after his father's death and before the company was sold in 2002, I worked directly with John. He was an early riser, usually in the office before most of the employees, he dealt with the myriad of issues and problems that came to his desk and he was willing to meet with employees when they wished to discuss problems they were experiencing. John and his wife, Carroll, were generous donors to charitable foundations and institutions, especially Texas Childrens' Hospital and Cancer Center as well as various museums and groups in the Houston area. I remember a time when John took a trip to South Texas with a Wildlife group and observed their efforts and direction toward the environment and preservation of the wildlife; John commented to many that this was a tremendous experience and opened his eyes to work that a few were doing for the benefit of the many. During the time that I worked with and observed John, I assessed him as a rather shy person, well-intentioned and eager to prove himself a successful and competent business man. I never witnessed any malice or deliberate intent to do harm to others and I believe this is a part of his basic personality. I believe he is incapable of wishing harm to another. I am writing this letter to request that you take all of his character into consideration in determining his sentence. In conjunction with the sentence that you assess,I feel that community service would be of great benefit to John. Thank you for reading this letter that I am sending on John's behalf.

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April 4, 2012 The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: I am employed as Director of Facilities for all polo fields and buildings at Isla Carroll Farms and International Polo Club Palm Beach. I have been employed here for about seven years and have worked directly with Mr. Goodman on a daily basis. I have a B.S. degree in Accounting, an MBA and Golf Turf Certificate. Prior to this employment I was employed as a golf course superintendent. Mr. Goodman hired me and I am very grateful for the opportunity he gave me to have one of the best jobs polo has to offer in the United States. This opportunity has given me the means to afford a nice home and to provide a comfortable living for me, my wife, our son and her three children. When I first met him, I knew he was the kind of person I wanted to work for because of his manor and demeanor. I worked very closely with him, filing his car with gas at times, checking the home on property on a daily basis and reporting property updates to him monthly. One thing that always bothered me about this case is that in all the times I saw him drive or rode with him he was a very slow driver. Mr. Goodman has high expectations for the quality of the facilities and for following his vision. Due to this I believe I got to know him very well working in such close communications. I feel I am a good judge of character and I believe he is a genuinely good person. He is almost nice to a fault. I could always tell how bad he felt when he would call me when something wasn't right. He would always be very apologetic for bothering me even though something obviously bothered him. Whenever we get things done for him he is always very thankful. I employee about twenty on my staff and Mr. Goodman is always very nice and respectful to all of them. I have heard him thank many of my staff on several occasions for their hard work. Anytime I asked him for something for the staff he was always very willing to comply. He asked me on several occasions what he could do for the staff especially on difficult occasions such as when the horses died on our property and my staff was working right in the middle of the dying horses trying to help. He has al ways been very generous to me when I have needed something or at holiday time. I always receive steaks from him for Christmas and a turkey for Thanksgiving. In fact he has always provided a turkey for my staff on Thanksgiving and a nice Honey

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Baked Ham meal for Christmas to all my staff' He also permitted me to use one of his properties for my wedding reception which we had a very nice reception, something we couldn't have afforded otherwise. He also provided the club and the food and beverage to the family of a deceased maintenance employee for their reception after the funeral. This saved the family thousands and really meant a lot to the family and our staff that he did this. By founding the polo club and his continued support he has provided jobs for so many people. I know I speak for my staff saying that we are all grateful for the employment that his vision and hard work has provided all of us. Without him we all wouldn't be so fortunate, especially during such tough economic times as the past three years or so. Not only has his vision and commitment provided my staff jobs but also to so many in the polo community and Wellington. Since I have know Mr. Goodman I saw him also go through his divorce. I believe this was a very difficult time for him. Anytime his children were corning to visit he would call me to double check that everything was perfect including fishing poles, the pool, video games, and more so his children had a good visit. I could tell he was always a little nervous that his children wouldn't enjoy their visit and I could see it was important to him that they have a good time. His mother also visited very often and he always wanted us to make sure everything was perfect as could be to help her be comfortable during her stay. I know from discussions with him and others around the club that he is committed to several charities and helps in a number of different ways. The best example I have is how he decided all proceeds of the Polo Ball to be donated to Curing Children's Cancer charity. Apparently he has always contributed to this charity and it is dear to his heart. Mr. Goodman is a good person. He has no prior record and would never set out to harm anyone. I ask that you be lenient as I can't imagine he deserves anything more than the minimum in this case. He is not a habitual criminal and it's not like he had a DUI or more prior to this case. It is my hope that he can continue to provide his vision and support to the polo community, Wellington and his charities because he will be severely missed ifhe is not able to help. Thank you for your support of John Goodman. Sincerely,

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Please allow me to introduce myself, Tommy Wayman, I have been a friend and former employee of John Goodman for 25 years. I am a retired professional polo player. I grew up on a ranch in Texas where polo was an addition to the training of ranch horses. Through hard work I was able to start my career as a professional and put myself through college playing polo. Despite my "humble beginnings" I made it to the top of my profession. I met John Goodman he when became interested in learning to play polo. I played for him as a pro and helped him learn the game. We became good friends and though I have not worked for him for years we have continued our friendship Throughout the years I have witnessed his kindness and compassion for everyone. He is a great benefactor of many causes and has contributed financially to many institutions. Among them M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Through his generous donations to the hospital, countless people have been helped. He has cut through the red tape to enable many to receive excellent care, myself included. Throughout the years I have known John I have seen him always treat everyone, family, friends, employees, and everyone he comes in contact with, with respect and dignity. He is an incredibly shy man but is caring to every person he comes in contact with. He had the vision and fortitude to build the International Polo Club, nine years ago, here in Wellington, which has employed many people. It has become the premier place in the world to play polo during the winter season, bringing the best players and horses from everywhere. Because of this, countless people are employed here in south Florida. I hope for your leniency for John, a man with so much good in his heart, and so much he can continue to give to others.

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I m a horse trainer and I know Mr.. John Goodman; I have been working for him for fifteen years. Since the day I started working with Mr. Goodman he has always worried about me and gave me all the things that I need in order for me to do a good work for him. Mr. Goodman is a great person, he has helped me a lot with anything that I need from him, and also he is a very respectful man with everyone. Addition he also helped a lot of people with their jobs and giving them a home. Also he is a very respectful man with everyone. Mr. Goodman also treats all the people the same way he treats one he treats everyone. I admire Mr. Goodman because he helps everyone that need his help he doesn't choose what people he wants to help he just help everyone.

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Case Number 201OCFOOS829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: I am writing to you regarding your difficult decision of sentencing John Goodman. player. II Wellington homeowner and part-time I, too, am a polo'

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husband and businessman. I have three children. a wife of thirty years and have built from scratch a public mining company which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. I have known John and his family for several years and have had numerous dealings with him both on and off the polo field. Wellington community In all my dealings with John he has been sincere and honest and has always He is incredibly generous and has contributed to the in so many ways, both with time and money. He has gone out of his way to help looked out for the best interests of those involved.

my children and my wife and is an individual I am quite proud to identify as a friend. in spite of his conviction. First, let me say that in no way do I condone or approve of the behavior or actions for which he was convicted. The death of Scott Wilson is tragic and devastating. I haVe been unable to find a "silver lining" of any sort. As a parent. I cannot imagine the grief and loss felt decision is a difficult

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one. However. I would ask you to consider John's life and contributions

when evaluating his sentence. I know him to be a very good man, who has worked hard to create and build a community, as well as hundreds if not thousands of jobs and careers. Polo in Wellington is so much more than the just the game watched on a Sunday afternoon. It is the

livelihood of hundreds of hardworicing grooms who work with the horses tirelessly to prepare for the matches. It includes players from all walks of life and ages from 10 to 70, who play for the love of the horses and the unique components farriers, the veterinarians, of

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game.

It includes not only the hundreds of players but the folks. the fertilizer

the horse traders, the trainers, the field maintenance It generates so much for the folks

salesmen, the sponsors, the umpires. stores and gas stations.

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This, too, is John Goodman's. legacy. He has generously created an environment that fostered the development of thousands of jobs, a wonderful family atmosphere and helped to build a community. has given tirelessly with little or no expectation terrible crime. of recognition or payback. Yet, he is convicted of a

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman CaseNumber: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath, Mr. Goodman first hired me in the fall of 2004 to direct the tennis program at the International Polo Club. There were two tennis courts with no shade on a dirt road. Under Mr. Goodman's vision, support and guidance today I operate a total of 10 courts, two shops, a world-class croquet court with a staff of nine. The ages of the players in the program range from 3 to 95 years old. Over the last 5 seasonsthe tennis program has raised over $60000 for various children's charities helping physical, mental, and economically disadvantaged children through sports activities. Additionally the program has raised hundreds of toys over the Christmas period for "Toys for Tots". IPCis the first club in Florida to support "ACEingAutism" http://www.aceingautism.com/donating the facility and free tennis instruction to children suffering from Autism ranging from 5-16 years old on Saturday afternoons. Two years ago Mr. Goodman appointed me coordinator of "International Weekend" featuring different nations (2011 South Africa, 2012 Ireland and Great Britain) attracting International and world class athletes in multiple sports including Rugby, Croquet, Tennis, Polo, Golf, Cricket and Field Hockey. IPCis now potentially a world-class venue for those sports. In November IPCwill host the largest Field Hockey tournament in the World. Currently there are plans to bring Test Cricket teams to the club in the off-season, creating revenue and prestige for the local community and beyond. It is apparent to me how the accident affected Mr. Goodman and how he has been trying to come to terms with it spiritually. The club hosted Yoga Fest. 11/11/11, as well as spiritual retreats and continues to plan for the future. I believe that given the chance Mr. Goodman will continue to make a significant contribution to the community with benefit to charities. I suggest that some of these activities could be named in memory of Scott Wilson. It has been my honor and good fortune to serve Mr. Goodman and his family. I hope that, despite this tragic accident, all the good things he has done can be taken into consideration continue and develop. and a way can be found for his vision for the area to

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Dear Judge Colbath, My name is Sharon Salzberg. I am a meditation instructor and cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, one of the largest retreat centers in North America. I am the author of 7 books on topics such as ethics, compassion, mindfulness and the skills of meditation. My most recent book was Real Happiness, aN. Y. Times bestseller. I have taught meditation worldwide for 38 years, both in public classes and retreats, and in courses for specific populations. These include Yale law students, nurses and doctors at Walter Reed Army hospital, military chaplains, domestic violence shelter workers, foundation administrators, business executives, Oprah Winfrey and several of her producers, rabbis, Trappist monks, and journalists. I have also worked with people who have experienced trauma - spouses and parents who lost loved

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ones on 9/11, family members who have lost loved ones through murder, patients at various V A hospitals. I first met Mr. Goodman in March, 2011, when he invited me to Florida to lead a workshop, open to the public, at the Polo Club. I very much appreciate the chance to offer this letter on his behalf. On that visit I got to know Mr. Goodman as a participant in the workshop, and also through several hours of private conversation. I also spent time with staff members at the Polo club outside of his presence, and some time with his mother and her caretaker. The staff members spoke openly, over and over again, of their respect and regard for Mr. Goodman, and the kindness, respect and concern with which he related to all of them. I watched him with his mother and her caretaker, and observed the gentleness and love he showed his mother, and appreciation towards her caretaker. And from our several hours of conversation, I strongly felt him to be a good person, compassionate toward others, and wanting to do much good in this world. Though I am certainly not from the polo club world, I've met and counseled many types of people, and I discerned within Mr. Goodman a powerful quality of humility and caring for others. I believed, then and now, in his commitment to integrity, and helping as many people as he can. We corresponded some after the workshop, and I have always been struck by the respect with which he treats others, including myself. I returned to Florida and the Polo Club in January of2012, not too long before the trial. Again Mr. Goodman attended the workshop, was a diligent student, and this visit we had a smaller amount of private time

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together. And again we corresponded a-bit after that. I believe him to be genuinely committed to selflessly assist the welfare of others, to remember those in need, to be thoughtful and sensitive, and dedicated to a life of helping others. I ask you to please consider leniency in his sentence. I believe John Goodman has a lot he can, and wants to, contribute to the world.

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number 201OCF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath:

I. Vllilliam Stitt, am writing this letter on behalf of my friend, John Goodman. We met five years ago, shortly after my joining The Wanderers Club in Wellington. As an executive (retired) of LTVSteel Company and as a special agent with the Counter Intelligence Agency, I
have encountered many people in all stations of life; many with highly responsible posmons. My friendship with John allows me to state without hesitation, that he is a man oftrustworthy principles. Furthennore, I sense that others who know him also trust and respect him. My family and I have been beneficiaries of all that John has done for Wellington. 1 feel very strongly that he will act in a responsible way forward, and hope that he will have a presence in the future of Wellington. My heartfelt request on John's behalf is for leniency. Thank YOu.\ " ~-

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April 12,2012 The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath, My name is Andres Weisz and I am a professional polo player, husband, and father to three amazing children. I have been playing polo in Wellington during the winter season for the last twenty years. I have played for many top teams and am currently playing for and managing Mr. John Muse's team, Lucchesse. I have known John Goodman for much of this time, and consider him a friend. He is so well loved in polo and has always been one of the most positive influences in polo that I have known. He has built the International Polo Club, as you know. and worked so hard to make polo something that the whole community can enjoy. Really bridging that gap between the players/sponsors and the spectators. He also has a heart for helping and giving back whenever he can. Years ago my family and I visited John's home in Texas. where we shared a wonderful breakfast with he and his children. We also attended an Easter service at Christ Fellowship with him so number of years ago. He was always a meek. humble and very kind man. I admire the way that he treats the wait staff the exact same way that he treats the newest billionaire member at IPC. I believe he is a very genuine and good hearted man. With that said I would ask for the courts mercy and leniency in his sentencing. He is in our prayers daily the God would use him in a mighty way for good. I also am sure that he must die daily with the thought that he brought harm to another and again hope that through a tragedy God will tum it around to bring forth great things.

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida vs John Goodman Case Number 201OCF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: My name is Martha Mogren.I have been making my living in the sport of polo for 38 years. I started out cleaning stalls, exercising the horses.seeing to the well being of my horses and working polo games.This is not an easy job to do.We (the grooms) work seven days a week with very little time off for ourselves. This job we do isn't made for mostpeople.We are a tight knit group of friends that look out for each other! I currently work for Peter B. Orthwein and have for the last 22 years. I met Mr. Goodman at my barn in 2005 when he kept some young horses there.Mr. Goodman was very polite and gracious to me. I admired him from the start.He was our hero! He took a foundering polo club (palm Beach Polo andCountry Club) And started what is now The International Polo Club. It is a wonderful facility for everyone to enjoy. He even made sure that all the children that attended had a ball! With bounce houses, face painting, clowns etc. I would beg of you to be lenient on Mr.Goodman.He is not a bad man. The trajedy that occurred two years ago has broken this mans spirit.I can see it in his eyes and demeanor.! believe he bas been in his own jail in his mind for the last two years.I am also very worried about the trickle down effect this will have on the many people and families that he employs. These are hard working people that are worried about their livelihoods and are currently wondering if their world is going to be yanked out from under them. I just think that Mr. Goodman may better serve his community out of jail and establishing charity polo matches for S.AD.D. or M.A.D.D. and or opening up and funding a AA rehab house and or Drug Abuse center in Scott Patrick Wilsons name. I am not college educated, but I think I can read people very well.Please take this letter into your consideration. It took me along time to write it and I am sure it not very well composed.I tried my best and I thank you for hearing me out. Very sincerely yo~ Martha A. Mogren

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Dear Judge Colbath: In 1999 we moved to Weliington from Southwest Harbor Maine. Bob has since retired from workinq for Hinckley Yachts, a world famous company founded by his grandfather, and Tina remains active in the Crewed Yacht Charter Industry. We joined the International John Goodman. Polo Club 01 Palm Beach within one or two years of its founding by

As we use the club facilities on a regular basis we have several times been at social gatherings that were attended by John and his family. We know him to be a good listener, circumspect in demeanor, and generally an unusually kind man His generosity is weil known to the polo community and to all club members Every season he makes the club facilities available to charities of every type from Curing Children's Cancer to disabled polo players. We have seen many times that the entire proceeds from some very big parties were given entirely to the charity of that date. It is our plea that John's character and his family will be considered when he is sentenced. It is our belief, shared by many, that the community will not be at risk with him free from prison. By his behavior since his accident, he has demonstrated remorse and paid handsomely not just financially. Sinaerel o~r~,

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My name is Julio Arellano, I am a profeslional polo player. I was raised in WeOington since 1979. (am writing a letfer concerning Mr. John Goodman. I believe what he ltd was a terrible thing. Iwish that agony and sorrow on no f amity. Iam a father of three kids and have thought of the parents very muoh. Mr. Goodman is not a bad man or a malicious man. As a matter of f aot I believe he is the opposite. He is kind hearted, soft spoken and well liked. ( have never worked for Mr. Goodman or his polo team here in the V.g. t believe he has made many mistakes as we all have, but I hope you oonsider the man he is, the good he oould possibly do and not the person the media or his attorneys have made himout to be when deciding his sentence, Thank you for your time and God bless. Julio Arellano

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: My name is Charles Smith. I am a friend and former employee of John Goodman having known John for 20 some years. I worked for General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin in the aerospace industry for 37 years. I have a BS and MS in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas and worked first in engineering, then engineering management, and then directed major military aircraft development programs. I also grew up in a polo playing family and have played competitive polo since I was a teenager. I won many major championships and was elected into the National Polo Hall Of Fame in 2004. More importantly I am very familiar with the polo culture and, since it is a relatively small group, many of the people involved. I retired from Lockheed Martin in 2004 and then from 2005 to 2009 I was the Executive Director of the North American Polo League. John Goodman was one of two founding members of the organization so I worked directly for him during that time. As a result I participated in numerous meetings and had a great deal of one-on-one meetings and conversations with him. I also played polo with and against John for most of his polo career and attended many social functions with him. I respectfully ask the court for leniency for John Goodman. I have been around a broad spectrum of people as a result of my diversified work and polo experiences. I do not know of a more kindhearted individual than John. I have seen John have a very difficult time putting his feelings for his employees aside when corrective action was necessary. I have seen his sympathy extend beyond people to animals in the way he treated and demanded his employees treat his horses. He was always the first one to agree to host charity events, outings for local school children, and community events. I would be the first to admit that there are people involved in polo that are elitist, have major personal egos, and don't care about others. John Goodman is not one of those.

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Dear Judge Colbath: Please let me take this opportunity to offer my comments in support of John Goodman's character. My name is Robert Wax and I am a steel mill sales representative and a partner in White and Wax Steel Sales, L.L.c. I have a Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law. My wife, Debbi and I have known John for over thirty years and have known his mother and brother longer than that and consider them close friends. John observed his father work very hard providing jobs for many people and successfully build a large manufacturing business. John worked in the company, helped it succeed, and later became CEO. Along the way John's father and mother taught John the importance of values and character. Point in fact is we know John and John is a good person, a good father, son, and brother and a person of integrity. Debbi and I attended several functions for his daughter and son and witnessed John proudly supporting them. We know John has strong moral values and as Prosecutor Ellen Roberts said he is not a bad person. We know John, who has a clean record, to be a very polite, soft spoken, kind, generous person who has contributed much time and money to the community of Wellington and Palm Beach County. This was a tragic occurrence and Debbi and I know for a fact John is devastated by it. During the trial, a photo of John showing the abrasion and lump on the left side of his forehead was shown. This certainly could have been caused by a blow to his head because of the crash. He kept repeating himself in the 911 recordings. Those who know John would unanimously agree he would not have walked south had he known that vehicle was in the canal. John is not a criminal. The impact of the tragedy and conviction will last a lifetime. Should public safety hold that much weight in John's case? It is reasonable to assume it should not. For him to be a productive part of the community, a good parent, son and brother, a more lenient sentence surely would help him and many others affected. Sincerely yours,

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: Mr. John B. Goodman and I first became acquainted about two years ago when he became a Cardiology patient in my practice. When he learned about my interests in horses, he invited me to ride with him and his friend, Heather. As a Wellington resident living nearby with a busy Cardiology practice leaving little timeto keep horses, he was kind enough to invite me to ride- -- -frequently, giving me a chance to get to know both him and Heather. I am fully aware of the recent tragedy involving John and I am so sorry for the young man who died and who never had a chance for a family, a future and a life. John has expressed his regret for this horrible event to me on several occasions and I feel he is sincere in his contrition. This tragic act is so out of character for John, but one that he will regret the rest of his life. I have been impressed with John and his relationship with his employees, ranging from the people who take care of his horses to those who work at the International Polo Club. He is kind and caring and allows them the autonomy to do their jobs well and take pride in what they do. Every person I have met seems to have the utmost respect for Mr. Goodman. They appreciate and enjoy working with him. also been impressed with his ability to transform the game of polo from a small scale game only available to the wealthy into a community sport able to be enjoyed by all levels of income. Rather than keeping polo a "member only" event, he has opened Sunday afternoon polo in Wellington for all people to enjoy. Mr. Goodman's visions have truly supported the Wellington community; Though Mr. Goodman is a quiet mati, his kindness is nonetheless expressed in the supportive actions toward many people. He is certainly caring and always wants to make sure everyone is doing well. He seems to find enjoyment in making others happy. Because of his invaluable contributions to the Wellington community, and the dependence on John of many employees in his companies, we would hope that the imposition of sentence would be not only just for the acts committed, but also fair to the man so greatly needed by many in the community and in his various companies.

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case #2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath, I am one of many who are saddened for the Wilson family and John Goodman, This accident has weighed heavily on those who were close to both of the families involved. I am a friend of the Goodman family, particularly John's brother Greg. I have known John for 20 years or so. John is not the person he was portrayed to be throughout the course of this tragic event until now. I personally know the remorse and shame he felt and feels. Unfortunately, he has not been permitted to express this to the Wilson family. John is a kind and generous person. He is painfully shy. I have never heard him talk bad about another person. I know him to be fair and even handed in his business dealings. Please consider that this was an accident nobody wanted or expected when you are determining punishment.

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Dear Judge Colbath: My way of introduction my name is Guillermo Gracida, I am an ex ~ 10 goal professional polo player who played for twenty-one years consecutively off 10 goals. Notable career highlights include winning the U.S. Open sixteen times, including a number of times on the team of Mr. Goodman. These feats and dozens of major tournament wins led to my selection as Player of the Centennial Era in 1990 and my induction into the National Polo Hall of Fame in 1997. I am a friend of Mr. Goodman and his family and an ex-employee. I worked for Mr. Goodman between 1997 and 2000 captaining his polo team on various occasions. During the time I worked for Mr. Goodman he proved to be a fair, kind and highly reputable employer who was dedicated to the sport. He has done so much for the development of the sport in the Wellington area. I consider Mr. Goodman to be a good man, an honest man who cares for all those around him. He is someone who conducts himself with integrity and has compassion for others. Judge Colbath, I would ask that you consider the good character reference I am providing here for Mr. Goodman. This is the most unfortunate situation and one we wished that had never happened.

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I have known Mr. Goodman for over 25 years in a professional and personal relationship. I have been taking care of his horse farm since international Polo came into existence in Wellington. He is a good and kind man. He has always shown me and my employee's courtesy and compassion. I believe that as terrible an accident as this was, Mr. Goodman would never have intentionally wanted to be responsible for taking someone's life. I know that Mr. Goodman has the financial and political means to possible make something good out of a horrific tragedy. He is in a position to service the community with programs that can help stop and educate the community about drinking and driving. I believe that a lengthy incarceration would not serve to atone for this tragedy. Mr. Goodman has the means to do so much more to show his sorrow for the death of Scott Wilson. I would ask that you show leniency in his punishment and consider how best he could atone and honor Scott Wilson's memory.

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case Number: 201 OCF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath, We have been friends of John Goodman's for 16 years. We first met him while we were in the employ of his brother as professional yacht captain and crew, and have continued our relationship ever since. Currently we are no longer employed as yacht crew. Robert is self-employed in the marine maintenance and repair field, and Diane is employed as a Registered Nurse. We have lived in the Palm Beach County area for over 23 years. At all times since we have known John, he has shown himself to be a very kind, generous, and thoughtful person. He has always been concerned for the welfare of others. He has been very helpful and considerate. We have never seen him demonstrate any malice or try to do harm to another person. He is a good person, friend and family member. We are asking you to consider leniency in his sentencing. Sincerely,

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March 30. 2012 The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v, John Goodman Case Number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: My name is: Melissa Potamkin; however. I am known as Melissa Ganzi in the Wellington community and socially. I met your acquaintance while testifying In the John Goodman DUI manslaughter trial. Currently. I am a horse trainer and homemaker in Wellington. However, prior to that, I was the Regional Operations Officer for Progressions Health Systems. an ambulatory division of a for profit psychiatric hospitalization system. I was responsible for running five free standing day treatment programs. Each location served populations ranging from children to senior adults, In addition. all locations had a dual diagnoses track for drug and alcohol treatment. One of the locations also ran an alternative school. 10m writing to plead for leniency in the sentencing of Mr. John Goodman. I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Goodman for roughly 13 years. I consider him to be a friend as well as a pillar of the community. It is my belief. based upon my work experience as well as educational background. that Mr. Goodman's incarceration for several years would be detrimental. Mr. Goodman's level of functioning after a long period of time of incarceration will suffer, Mr. Goodman's entire life and essence of self worth have been predicated upon his charitable efforts and his philanthropic nature. He is an individual who seeks the approval of others and generally cores about the well being of those around him. He is painfully shy and is nervous in group settings. He will suffer the "pains of imprisonment" which will bear a significant psychological cost. I believe that the true mission of the Florida Department of Corrections would not be served by the incarceration of Mr. Goodman. In fact. incarcerating him would be in direct conflict. "... The DC is focusing on equipping its inmates and offenders with the tools they will need to become productive citizens." With Mr. Goodman's incarceration. the state will be in essence taking a procucnve member of society and returning a non functioning individual. Thisindividual will now require therapeutic intervention and perhaps state services to function. The community will be better served to sentience Mr. Goodman continue to give back to society and not detract from it. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Sincerely,
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AprillO,2012 The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v . John Goodman Case Number: 201OCF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: I am writing in regard to the sentencing of John Goodman. I am very friendly with Harriet Goodman, John's mother. She is a wonderful person and good friend. John is also a very nice gentleman, who is very considerate of his friends and employees. He is a wonderful son and takes good care of all his mother's needs. He comes from a very close knit family who are thinking of their brother always.

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath 205 North Dixie Highway West Palm Beach FL 33401 April 5 2012 Dear Judge Colbath, RE: Case Number: 2010CFOOS829AXX- State of Florida v. John B Goodman My name is Jeff Blake and I have been a friend of John Goodman's for nearly 20 years. I sat in the court room every day of the trial and was sickened by the way my friend was made out to be. Pleaseknow that John is and has always been a kind and generous man who was concerned about others and their feelings. A horrible accident took the life of Scott Patrick Wilson, his family and friends mourn and will do so etemally. John Goodman is a broken man for the pain he has caused. I know this without a doubt because as I stated we have been friends for a very long time. Others may say I have worked for John and that is true, but a very long time ago. He choose to use other players on his team but that did not end our relationship. Also our friendship is not born of socializing at taverns - I don't drink alcohol - but our friendship is of two men from different backgrounds who could talk and laugh about life. Our common interest is of course horses. My family and I ask for compassion and beg the Court to sentence John Goodman to the least amount of justifiable time. Mr. Wilson, Scott Wilson's father who spoke with me several times during the trial said he hoped it didn't turn out to be a double tragedy. Yours Sincerely and truly,

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The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman Case number: 2010CF005829AXX Dear Judge Colbath: On behalf of me and my husband who are personal and professional associates of John Goodman, we would like to share our feelings in regards to Mr. Goodman's sentencing. We have been realtors in Wellington for over 10 years and have known Mr. Goodman as long. We provide rentals and sales for the Polo Community which Mr. Goodman is a very large part of. He has always conducted himself with integrity and compassion towards others they we know and has been a major contributor in the economic growth of our community here in Wellington and the surrounding areas with his charitable contributions and activities. I believe that as terrible an accident as this was, Mr. Goodman would never have intentionally wanted to be responsible for taking someone's life. Although he has been found guilty and incarceration is the penalty, I believe that in this case, incarceration isn't always the best form of punishment. I know that Mr. Goodman has the financial and political means to possible make something good out of a terrible tragedy. He is in a position to service the community with M.A.D.D and other similar programs. He certainly could afford to have a traffic light installed at that intersection to prevent accidents like this happening again. With this said, my husband and I would ask that you show leniency in his punishment and consider how best he could atone and honor Scott Wilson's memory.

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April 3, 2012

Mauricio Devrient

The Honorable Jeffrey Colbath State of Florida v. John Goodman CaseNumber: 201OCFOO5829AXX

Dear Judge Colbath, My name is Mauricio Devrient , I am German by nationality and was born in Argentina. I am a professional polo player and I also coach and direct a polo school for kids, beginners and experienced players and have two boys of my own. My involvement in polo starts from a very young age where I followed my father, also a professional player, around the world during his career where he played for the likes of the King of Malaysia and Prince Charles in England. During my own career, I too played for the King of Malaysia and for patrons in Switzerland, England, America and other parts of the globe. I have been based in Wellington since 2004, but before that, I have spent many winter seasons here as well and have been witness to the ever changing and growing Wellington community. As the story goes, the Palm Beach area was founded by "visionaries" like Henry Flagger as one of the first and others followed such as, Mr. William Elvisaker who saw a vision in this small community called Wellington. In the mid seventies Mr. Elvisaker created one of the largest and most attractive polo and golf clubs of its time, Palm Beach Polo Club, where like in Flagler's era, people of this time would go to escape the harsh temperatures of the north during the winter months. Known as one of the gems in the back yard of the Palm Beaches, Wellington has grown since then to become the Equestrian capital of the world during our winter season providing Wellington with its financial anchor. In the early 90s however, the polo profession took a sharp plummet when the original Palm Beach Polo club began to have financial problems. It was soon bought out right from the bank by its new owners, who had other plans for the future of Palm Beach Polo which did not include Polo. Slowly, polo began to fade in Wellington putting a lot of us in the industry out of work. At the same time, another visionary came along, Mr. John Goodman, and because of his passion for polo and the people that folloW the polo community, he took the bull by the horns and revived something that was almost lost in to Wellington, Polo itself. When John Goodman created a new polo operation, calling it The International Polo Club of Palm Beach, it became the most important polo club in the

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world, holding the highest international competitions in the northern hemisphere during the winter season. Mr. Goodman's vision, not only saved the polo industry in North America, it revolutionized the entire Equestrian Industry by putting Wellington back on the map and opening new avenues for the horse industry in general. Thousands of jobs have been saved and created by the vision of one man, john Goodman.

I am not a close friend of Mr. Goodman, but I have engaged him many times socially and I do know many people that know him on a much deeper level and believe him to be a kind hearted man.
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also agree he committed a big mistake, but there was no mal intent to so. I believe Mr. Goodman's only wish is to undo the mortal tragedy of his mistakes and spend a life time of doing as much good as possible to pay homage and educate others not to do the same. Your Honor, please consider a sentence for Mr. Goodman in which something is returned to society in a better way. Although I believe that Mr. Goodman should serve time, that time should be spent helping others in programs that this court would find productive, such as prevention of DWI, and drug and alcohol abuse programs. On the contrary, I believe sentencing a man, who did and can do a lot more for society other than rot in a federal prison filled with cold hardened criminal, funded by tax payer's dollars would not be time well spent.

With the Greatest Respect,

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