Former escort Dalia Dippolito getting a new trial.
The Boynton Beach woman was convicted in 2011, and sentenced to 20 years for hiring a hitman to kill her husband. The "hitman" turned out to be an undercover Boynton Beach police officer and the police department captured Dippolito on video, talking about paying for Michael Dippolito's murder. Police also videotaped her reaction to them telling her the man was dead, which he in fact was not.
The basis behind an appeals court this week striking down that conviction was that the judge didn't allow the individual questioning of prospective jurors regarding pre-trial publicity. And in a case that captured national attention, longtime local defense attorney Michelle Suskauer tells us that it should have been allowed.
"The benefit is, you're able to ask individual questions without poisoning anyone else around you who may not know as much, or may know different things."
She says one person blurted out in front of the entire jury pool that they read about accusations that Dalia had attempted to poison her husband...then the jury was picked from that pool.
Michelle Suskauer is a Florida Bar Board Certified criminal trial attorney, practicing for over 22 years with the Suskauer Law Firm.
She is a past President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter and is currently on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Trend's Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyer.
You may have also seen Michelle on our NewsChannel 5 partners, as she is their legal analyst. She also appears as a legal expert on several national cable networks including Fox News, CNN and NBC.
Photo courtesy of Michelle Suskauer