Judge rules Dippolito attorney can stay on case

Dalia Dippolito will get to keep one of her attorneys as she faces a third murder-for-hire trial.

A judge Friday denied a motion by prosecutors to remove California attorney Brian Claypool’s privileges to work on the case.

The judge however granted the state’s motion for a gag order. The judge’s ruling prohibits attorneys from “making any extrajudicial statements that a reasonable person would expect to be disseminated by means of public communication,” as it relates to evidence, opinion, facts or interpretation of the facts, motive of the State in prosecuting the case, sentencing, and the first two trials.

Dippolito is charged with hiring an undercover Boynton Beach police officer to kill her husband in 2009.

An appeals court reversed Dippolito’s 2011 conviction and 20-year prison sentence, due to a tainted jury pool.

Her December retrial ended in a hung jury, and a third trial is set for June.

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by Gary Detman

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