CADILLAC PRICES FOR A CHEVROLET CASE.
PROSECUTORS CLAIM GAIL GELACH'S LAWYERS HAVE SUBMITTED
AN EXCESSIVE AND EXTRAVAGANT BILL TO SPOKANE SUPERIOR
THAT'S WHERE KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY JOINS US LIVE,.
THE PUBLIC IS ON HOOK FOR THE BILL.
BECAUSE THE JURY SAID GERLACH WAS ACTING IN SELF DEFENSE.
AND THAT'S BECAUSE GERLACH CLAIMED.
AND A JURY AGREED.
THAT GERLACH WAS ACTING IN SELF DEFENSE WHEN HE FIRED
THAT FATAL SHOT.
A STATE LAW ALLOWS FOR HIM TO BE REIMBURSED FOR HIS
HOWEVER NOW GERLACH'S ATTORNEYS ARE BEING ACCUSED
OF PADDING THEIR BILL.
we the jury find gail gerlach not guilty of the crime
of manslaughter in the first degree
YOU CAN'T ARGUE WITH THE RESULTS.
GAIL GERLACH'S DEFENSE TEAM GOT THEIR CLIENT ACQUITTED
IN NEAR RECORD TIME AND SPARED GERLACH MORE THAN A
DECADE BEHIND BARS.
NOW THE QUESTION BEFORE THE COURT IS JUST HOW MANY
HOURS ATTORNEYS SPENT PREPARING GERLACH'S CASE AND
DID THEY REALLY NEED THREE LAWYERS TO DO IT?
RICHARD LEE/GERLACH'S DEFENSE ATTORNEY 52;30 no explanation
is needed as to exactly why mr.
gerlach needed three attorney's to represent him.
he requested this.
he was facing a homicide charge and he wanted to have
every angle of this covered as much as possible because
of the severity of the charge 52;43
THE TRIAL JUDGE MUST ALSO DECIDED IF LEE'S THREE HUNDRED
DOLLAR AN HOUR CHARGE IS A FAIR MARKET VALUE ESPECIALLY
IN LIGHT OF THE FACT LEE BROUGHT IN TWO EXTRA ATTORNEYS
TO HELP HIM WITH THINGS LIKE JURY SELECTION IN THE
DERIC MARTIN 17;12 mister lee should have had to bring
in anybody to do those things for him if he wants
to bill 300 dollars an hour...these are things he
ought to know how to do himself.
IT'S THE STATE'S POSITION LEE AND HIS CO-COUNCIL ARE
SOAKING TAXPAYERS FOR A CASE THAT REALLY WASN'T THAT
COMPLEX AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A LAW THAT IS INTENDED
TO PROTECT CITIZENS FROM GOING BANKRUPT WHILE DEFENDING
THEMSELVES IN COURT.
DERIC MARTIN/DEPUTY PROSECUTOR 27;49 they spent more
hours on this case in their closing arguments than
the entire case should have
taken in terms of litigation.they
duplicated each other's efforts repeatedly, they both
attended numerous things that one attorney could have
attended on his own 28;00
THE JUDGE HAS SAID SHE WILL NOW ISSUE HER DECISION
IN WRITING BUT IT'S CLEAR FROM THE QUESTIONS SHE WAS
ASKING HERE IN COURT TODAY SHE IS DUBIOUS ABOUT GERLACH'S
LEGAL COSTS INCLUDING MORE THAT FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS
FOR A PAIR OF EXPERTS WITNESSES THAT TESTIFIED ON