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Supreme Court Sets Arguments In Blood-Alcohol Case

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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Aug. 30 in an appeal by a Palm Beach County millionaire in a high-profile case related to testing drivers' blood-alcohol levels after traffic accidents.

Justices issued an order Friday scheduling oral arguments in John Goodman's appeal of a ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal.

As part of the defense, Goodman's attorneys challenged Florida Department of Law Enforcement rules dealing with blood-alcohol tests. While it rejected Goodman's arguments, a panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal asked the Supreme Court to decide two questions posed in the case — a request known as "certifying" questions to the Supreme Court.

Those questions included whether the rules are "inadequate for failing to specifically regulate the work of analysts in screening blood samples, documenting irregularities and rejecting unfit samples."