Top Stories of 2013 #9: Court Reporter’s double life revealed

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 28, 2013

Longtime district court reporter Jeffery M. Goodwyn, 57, was arrested June 14 for delivering 3.5 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover agent at a hotel room in Decatur.

Jeffery Goodwyn

Jeffery Goodwyn

He posted $20,000 bond and was released from Wise County Jail the following day.

The search warrant affidavit included allegations that Goodwyn was stealing drugs from the court’s evidence room and using them to lure young men for sex. The case has not yet gone to trial and is scheduled to be heard in Denton County district court.

Court reporters document the details of a trial, creating a transcript that is used in appeals and becomes a permanent legal record. They are often called upon to document other legal procedures as well, including depositions and hearings. The 2013 Wise County budget shows Goodwyn was paid $86,000 a year as court reporter.

Goodwyn was one of the longest-serving employees in the Wise County Courthouse, having worked as a court reporter for more than 30 years in the 271st District Court.

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