Tennis

Attorney files court brief establishing tennis referees Lois Ann Goodman's innocence

8/29/12 in Tennis   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

A court brief by Lois Ann Goodman’s lawyer on Tuesday argued that it was “physically impossible” for her client to commit 80-year-old Alan Goodman’s murder, due to two knee replacements and a shoulder replacement and an awaiting shoulder replacement.
 
The 70-year-old Lois Ann Goodman was arrested a week ago in New York, ahead of umpiring the U.S. Open tournament. Lois Ann Goodman chose not to contest extradition on her arrival to California.
 
The police suspected Lois Ann Goodman for murdering her husband after he was found dead on 17th April, at the residence in San Fernando Valley. Initially, the authorities accepted Lois Ann Goodman's account that she discovered a bloody coffee mug and her unresponsive husband lying in the bed, painting the cause of that as a probable fall from the stairs. However, later the prosecution established the theory that Lois Ann Goodman beat her husband to death with the coffee mug (that broke) and used its sharp handle to stab Alan Goodman.
 
Defense attorney Alison Triessl said in a statement on Tuesday, “"It is physically impossible for her to have done this.”
 
Alison Triessl indicated in her court brief that Lois Ann Goodman suffers from hearing loss as well as rheumatoid arthritis, and required an electronic device implanted in her spine to release constant back pain.
 
The court brief also cited that Lois Ann Goodman had cooperated with the authorities during the investigation of her husband’s death and readily opened-up herself to investigation. Alison Triessl stated Lois Ann Goodman even volunteered to drive herself to the police station for three grilling interviews with the authorities.
 
"She arrived on time and was utterly forthcoming," stated Alison Triessl.
 
The court brief also referenced 40 testimonial letters from Lois Ann Goodman’s colleges, neighbors, friends, family and other officials from various tennis circles, who vouched for her character.
 
They described Lois Ann Goodman as a cherished friend, associate, as well as loving mother and grandmother who harbored utter respect for her husband.
 
Even various executives form tennis officiating bodies put in a good word for Lois Ann Goodman, while one umpire stated "Lois Goodman has a heart of gold."
 
Alison Triessl further argued that the trial had no stand as first degree murder and could at most be labeled as voluntary manslaughter, citing a lead detective in the case who publicly opined "she snapped."
 
Lois Ann Goodman’s attorney claimed there was no chance for the old-woman to flee, considering she didn’t even own a passport. Alison Triessl emphasized in the court brief that Lois Ann Goodman had established a fine respectable life at San Fernando Valley, where she was raised remained after marriage.
 
"Mrs. Goodman has exceptionally strong ties to the San Fernando Valley," said Alison Triessl. “(She) is not a danger to any person or the community.”
 
Lois Ann Goodman is awaiting a bail hearing on Wednesday and Alison Triessl wanted her bail reduced from the original $1 million to $100,000 or a release on the basis of electronic monitoring.
 
According to the court brief, Alison Triessl also took issues with Los Angeles Police Department approach to Lois Ann Goodman’s arrest, saying that there was no need for the unceremonious arrest at the U.S. Open, and the woman would have willingly agreed to arrive at California for the procedure.
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