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Judge denies Dalia Dippolito's request to interview jurors about potential sleeping juror

Posted at 4:13 PM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 18:05:23-04
The judge who heard the high-profile murder-for-hire case of Dalia Dippolito denied her request to interview jurors after the defense alleged one of the panel members was sleeping during court testimony.  
In a blue jump suit, with hair pulled back, Dippolito appeared in court for the first time since she was convicted of hiring a hit man to kill her husband. 
The judge said he already ruled on the issue and denied the request to interview the jurors based on his own observation that the juror was not sleeping. 
Dippolito will be sentenced Friday, July 21. Her attorney will make a case for what he calls a fair sentence.
"She's not the person that she is portrayed in court. She's a caring person, a loving mother, she's been a, just a pleasure to work for, work with, very intelligent woman. I'm confident the judge will see that at sentencing next week," said Dippolito's attorney Greg Rosenfeld.
Dippolito faces up to 30 years.
The judge has asked attorneys to calculate any jail credit they believe should be taken into consideration at sentencing. 
Her lawyers have already announced they plan to appeal.