THE DECISION TO CHARGE A SPOKANE MAN WITH SHOOTING
A CAR THIEF IS COMING BACK TO HAUNT TAXPAYERS.
GAIL GERLACH'S ATTORNEYS HAVE BILLED SPOKANE SUPERIOR
COURT NEARLY A THIRD OF A MILLION DOLLARS IN LEGAL
KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT
WITH A LOOK AT WHY DEFENDING GERLACH COST SO MUCH
AND IF PROSECUTORS NOW REGRET TAKING THE CASE TO TRIAL.
INTERNATIONAL PLANE TICKETS, PLUSH PER DEIMS, TAXPAYERS
ARE EVEN GETTING BILLED FOR PARKING HERE AT THE COURT
THE COSTS ASSOCIATED DEFENDING GAIL GERLACH ADDED
UP QUICKLY BUT HIS ATTORNEYS SAY PROSECUTORS SHOULD
HAVE NEVER TAKEN THIS CASE TO TRIAL IN THE FIRST PLACE.
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43;44 it went from here like that.
and what was going through your mind? only one thing
went through my mind.
oh s%&t i'm gonna die 43;57
GAIL GERLACH SAYS HE WAS IN FEAR FOR HIS LIFE WHEN
HE FIRED A SINGLE SHOT AT THE MAN DRIVING AWAY IN
HIS STOLEN S-U-V.
A SPOKANE JURY WAS QUICK TO FIND GERLACH'S USE OF
AND NOW STATE LAW ALLOWS GERLACH'S ATTORNEY TO BILL
TAXPAYERS FOR THEIR CLIENT'S DEFENSE.
RICHARD LEE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY 48;28 that's exactly
what the law was designed for, that no one will be
out in jeopardy for having to defense themselves,
especially in a self defense matter if one is able
to prove to the jury's satisfaction that he in fact
RICHARD LEE SAYS IN THE YEAR HE SPENT PREPARING FOR
TRIAL HE WORKED 594 HOURS PREPARING FOR THE CASE.
HIS CO-COUNCIL, DAVID STEVENS IS SEEKING 110,000 INCLUDING
HOURS HE SPENT TRAVELING FROM HIS OTHER JOB AS A WAR
CRIMES PROSECUTOR IS KOSOVO
RICHARD LEE/DEFESENE ATTORNEY 50;50 it's not the mileage
that's being charged it's the attorney time, and that
would be the same case with mister stevens and i including
the time he spent having to come up here all the way
from kosovo on an airplane when he's working on the
case on his way here 51;02
LEE SAYS WHILE IT MAY BE HARD FOR PEOPLE TO ACCEPT
DEFENDING THEIR CLIENT COST ALMOST A THIRD OF A MILLION
RICHARD LEE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY 50;09 had he been convicted
he would have been facing about ten years in prison
and be the time he would have been released, he would
have not had anything.
no chances for employment nothing.
he would have been out so much 50;17
PROSECUTORS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTEST GELACH'S BILL
ON FRIDAY AND HAVE ALREADY SAID THIS USE OF FORCE
WAS QUESTIONABLE AT BEST AND THAT A JURY NEEDED TO
HER THE EVIDENCE IN THIS CONTROVERSIAL CASE.
REPORTING IN SPOKANE, JEFF HUMPHREY KXLY FOUR.