The Boynton Beach woman convicted of trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband is out of jail. Dalia Dippolito was released on a half million dollar bond while she appeals her conviction. While she’s out of jail, she’s not free. Dippolito is under house arrest while her appeal makes its way through the court system, a system her estranged husband feels failed him.
"Get that out of my face, that’s very rude," said Dalia Dippolito's attorney Michael Salnick, pushing away cameras and microphones as he left the jail after talking with his client. A short time later, Dalia Dippolito left the Palm Beach County Jail in one of the many unmarked sheriff's cars leaving from the back of the jail complex. A deputy drove her to the gated community in Boynton Beach where her mother lives. She’ll remain there under house arrest while her appeal makes its way through the court system for however long that takes.
"The appeal can go on really for nine months, maybe a year and a half or longer," said WPTV legal analyst Michelle Suskauer.
Dippolito is making her appeal after a jury sentenced her to 20 years in prison. She was convicted in June of trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband, Michael Dippolito, back in 2009. That hitman was actually an undercover Boynton Beach police officer.
The same judge who sentenced Dippolito is now allowing her to post bond. Suskauer says she's not surprised at the court's decision.
"Although it was a very high profile case, there may be some appellate issues here,” she explained. “There may be some issues that a higher court is going to consider in potentially reversing her conviction."
Guy Fronstin, the attorney for Dippolito's estranged husband, Michael Dippolito, said his client was "emotionally upset" and "devastated" that Dalia Dippolito was allowed to bond out of jail. He added Dippolito felt like "the legal system has let him down."
According to Suskauer, Dalia Dippolito will not be able to leave her mother’s home unless she’s in school or working or has special permission from the court to leave.
“It’s basically jail at home,” she said.
Suskauer says, at this point, Dalia Dippolito’s attorney will be filing his notice of appeal and preparing his arguments. The State Attorneys Office will have an opportunity to file a response, which Dippolito’s attorney may respond to before the case proceeds to the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
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