Texas multimillionaire, John Goodman, was charged with vehicular manslaughter after a
DUI accident which killed another man. Allegedly, Goodman was drinking and
driving before the accident. His two trials are next month. He will have
both a civil trial, dealing with
wrongful death and whether he owes the family of the deceased money, and a criminal trial,
which will deal with potential jail time, fines, and etc. He could face
up to 30 years in jail.
Goodman just recently adopted his 42 year old girlfriend, in what many
believe is his attempt to shield his assets from any judgment which may
be rendered against him in the civil trial. The adoption means that his
girlfriend will be legally entitled to 1/3 of the $200 million trust fund,
which was set up for his two biological children. The judge in the civil
case called the adoption of the girlfriend "surreal" and takes
the case into a "legal twilight zone."
While the intentions behind the adoption seem false, it is legal. It will
be interesting to see if the civil lawyers on the other side are able
to somehow pierce the veil to get to the money. Also, one has to wonder,
can he legally have sex with his adopted daughter?