The following is a statement from Brian Claypool, lead defense attorney for Dalia Dippolito, in response to the Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg and his intention to formally ask The Honorable Judge Glenn Kelley to move Ms. Dippolito’s high-profile third trial of out of the area:
“We will vigorously oppose the State’s disingenuous motion for a change of venue. Ironically, the State vehemently opposed Dalia’s repeated requests for a venue change in the last trial. The State is simply forum shopping for a more conservative jurisdiction that is pro law enforcement. Nothing has changed since the last trial other than the State lost 5-3. The State’s change of venue request has nothing to with justice and everything to do with arrogance and saving face. As was proven in the last trial, there are less intrusive measures in place, such as conducting individual interviews of potential jurors, to ensure that a fair and balanced jury is secured in Palm Beach County.”
Earlier today, Ms. Dippolito’s legal team announced that it would NOT file a change of venue motion.
“The people of Palm Beach County deserve a voice in determining Ms. Dippolito’s innocence. Despite the State’s recent inability to secure a conviction and the exorbitant amount of tax dollars spent on this case, the State is insisting on moving forward. We believe that having this case heard in Palm Beach County will prevent more wasted tax dollars,” said co-counsel Greg Rosenfeld.
Florida is one of a handful of states that allow a prosecutor to file a change of venue motion. Rule 3.240 of the Florida Criminal Statute says “the state or the defendant” may move for a change of venue, however, while it is not uncommon for a defendant to file such a motion, it is exceptionally rare for a prosecutor to make the request.
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