WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Dalia Dippolito, 28, is accused of hiring a hitman to kill her husband. Her story grabbed national headlines. Jury selection begins Monday.
Lawyers and a judge are now prepared to begin wading through the pool of jurors - jurors that will decide Dippolito’s fate. Selection is often compounded by the high-profile of certain cases. Dippolito’s case is certainly no exception.
Details of investigators’ elaborate plan to catch Dippolito in the act, allegedly soliciting a hitman to kill her husband of six months, have garnered much attention - including the attention of potential jurors. Legal experts say those people should not decide Dippolito’s fate.
“They may really want to sit on this case because it’s high profile. You don’t want people on a case like that. You want people that who are really going to be open minded," said WPTV Legal Analyst Michelle Suskauer.
Suskauer says just because people have heard of this case, does not disqualify them to be a juror. A jury will inevitably be chosen, but what that jury will look like is still unknown.
“They are not blank slates when they come into a courtroom to be chosen. They have their own life experiences. They have their own views," said Suskauer.
Questioning of the jury pool gets started at the Palm Beach County Courthouse Monday morning. Lawyers want this process to wrap up in one day but jury selection could go longer.
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