View Full Version : Murder Charges Dropped Against Chair Umpire Goodman

Dec 20th, 2012, 10:13 PM
I don't know if this has already been posted. If it has, I apologize in advance.

Since the arrest case got tremendous play here and in he tennis world, it is only fair that the news of the charges being dropped is posted here.

The case is still remains open, the LA police have focused on the wrong suspect and came up short.

Tennis Referee Charged in Husband's Death Says After Case Dropped: "I Don't Think They Had Anyone Else to Blame"

Three days after prosecutors said they were unable to proceed with a murder case against the tennis official, Lois Goodman talked about the accusations

A professional tennis official accused of killing her husband (http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Tennis-Umpire-Accused-Coffee-Cup-Murder-Appear-Court-181550951.html) with a broken coffee mug said she was "always there for him" and cannot understand why she was charged in his death.
Three months after Lois Goodman was arrested in New York when she arrived to be a line judge at the U.S. Open, prosecutors said they were unable to proceed with the case against her due to insufficient evidence. The case was dismissed and Goodman's electronic monitoring ankle bracelet was removed.

"I walk around shaking my head, 'No,'" Goodman, 70, told TODAY Monday. "I can't understand how it even got that far."
Goodman was accused of stabbing her husband of 50 years, Alan Goodman, with a broken coffee mug. His body was found at the couple's Los Angeles home April 17

Officers ruled the death suspicious because they initially couldn’t determine if foul play was involved, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The death was later ruled a homicide and Goodman was arrested in New York in August.
But a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office said Friday authorities were "unable to proceed with the case at this time." Goodman's attorney, Robert Sheahen, was asked Monday about that wording and whether he believes there are lingering suspicions about her involvement.

"None. Zero," he said.
Goodman was asked why she believes the charges were filed.
"I'm the spouse, and I don't think they had anyone else blame," she said. "I loved him very much, and I was devoted to him. I took care of him, and he depended on me. I was always there, and worked full time at the same time. I was always running and doing for him."

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said in a statement Friday afternoon that the case remained open.

source: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Tennis-Referee-Coffee-Mug-Murder-Case-Dismiss-Lois-Goodman-New-York-181841301.html

Dec 20th, 2012, 10:19 PM
Now, the question is. Will she get her job back?

Amid all the brouhaha, will she be willing to take it if offered?

Tennis Fool
Dec 23rd, 2012, 07:48 AM
Yes, she's been reinstated: http://www.tennis.com/news/2012/12/lois-goodman-reinstated-ref-matches/45741/#.UNbFJoXR2_E

Can't wait for the movie!

Dec 23rd, 2012, 07:17 PM
Yes, she's been reinstated: http://www.tennis.com/news/2012/12/lois-goodman-reinstated-ref-matches/45741/#.UNbFJoXR2_E

Can't wait for the movie!
Thanks for posting this.
I think it is only fair for the USTA to have taken this action.
Still, her reputation had been tainted.
Now, where does she go to recover it?

I can understand law enforcement practice in case of spouse death is always to look at the surviving spouse first, and most people have no problem with that.
But when it becomes a tunnel vision approach to a point where they exclude or are resistent to develop other possible leads., it does a disservice to the investigation.

Not only they ruined the reputation of the surviving spouse by casting severe doubt on her in the public opinion, but also with that elapsed time that went to waste, it becomes more and more difficult to develop alternatives leads.

Possible witnesses could have moved away or even now having doubt ( what they saw or heard was probably not true) after watchning the investigators tell the world that they had caught the perpetrator and sounding so confident about it.

As long are the case remains open, there will always be doubt about Lois Goodman (involvement) in the court of public opinion.