By Brian Entin, WPTV West Palm Beach
TAMPA, Fla. – A 23-year-old prospective juror for the John Goodman trial is under arrest for contempt of court.
A member of the defense team reportedly heard the man in the hall say that he knew the case was a retrial.
Judge Jeffrey Colbath called in Travis Van Vliet, a 23-year-old college student, to question him.
He was nervous — quivering — and told the judge he did “research” during lunch — and learned that this was a retrial.
The judge told the juror, “you are starting to make me upset. I don’t want to throw you in jail.” But that’s exactly what the frustrated judge did.
Then he began questioning the other prospective jurors to see if they were impacted and may have heard something in the hallway.
Only one other person said he heard Van Vliet talking about the retrial.
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After that the judge asked if any of the other jurors Googled the case– and a few of them raised their hands.
Lawyers for both sides finalized the jurors just after 6 p.m. Thursday, and Judge Colbath announced that Friday will be a travel day to Palm Beach County.
According to the judge, they will work Saturday and resume on Monday.