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Polo Mogul Who Adopted Adult Gal Pal Paid $46M to End Crash Case, Says ‘Wealth Bias’ Put Him in Jail

Posted Apr 20, 2012 1:51 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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After paying $46 million to settle a civil wrongful death case over a fatal auto accident, South Florida polo mogul John Goodman is now complaining that a "wealth bias" is keeping him in jail after his criminal conviction.

Most or all of the settlement was paid by the insurers of Goodman's Bentley and the establishment that served him alcohol beforehand, the Palm Beach Post reports.

The amount of the settlement was revealed by Goodman's legal counsel as they sought to have him released from prison while he is appealing his conviction based on a claim of juror misconduct. He is scheduled to be sentenced at the end of the month and could get up to 30 years in the vehicular homicide and driving-under-the-influence manslaughter case.

ABC News and the Daily Pulp blog of the Broward/Palm Beach New Times also have stories.

Goodman earlier made headlines by adopting his 42-year-old girlfriend in a move that was seen by some observers as an effort to protect assets:

ABAJournal.com: "Polo Mogul Adopts Girlfriend, 42, as His Daughter in Claimed Ploy to Shield Assets from Pending Suit"

ABAJournal.com: "Guardian for Polo Mogul’s Other Kids Seeks to Reverse Dad’s Adoption of 42-Year-Old Girlfriend"

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