LAWYERS FOR A SPOKANE MAN WHO KILLED A THIEF STEALING
HIS CAR WON'T BE GETTING PAID AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY
HOPED FOR THEIR WORK ON THE CASE.
TODAY A JUDGE SLASHED THE BILL FOR THE LAWYERS WHO
REPRESENTED GAIL GERLACH DURING
HIS FIRST DEGREE MANSLAUGHTER
IN A STORY YOU SAW FIRST ON KXLY.COM JEFF HUMPHREY
SHOWS US WHY THE COURT AND PROSECUTORS FOUND THE DEFENSE
TEAM'S CHARGES EXCESSIVE AND UNNECESSARY.
TAXPAYERS ARE ON THE HOOK FOR GERLACH'S LEGAL BILLS
BECAUSE HE CONVINCED A JURY HE WAS ACTING IN SELF
DEFENSE WHEN HE FIRED THAT FATAL SHOT.
HOWEVER TODAY A JUDGE FOUND THE STATE HAD BEEN OVERCHARGED
AND CUT GERLACH'S REIMBURSEMENT WITH A SIX FIGURE
NATS VERDICT FILE PKG we the jury find gail gerlach
not guilty of the crime of manslaughter in the first
LAST APRIL GAIL GERLACH'S ATTORNEYS WON A SPEEDY NOT
GUILTY VERDICT FOR THEIR CLIENT.
SPARING HIM WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A LIFE SENTENCE.
AFTER SUBMITTING A BILL FOR 332 THOUSAND DOLLARS GERLACH'S
DEFENSE TEAM FOUND THEMSELVES DEFENDING CLAIMS IT
REALLY SHOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN THREE LAWYERS TO TRY THE
RICHARD LEE/GERLACH'S DEFENSE ATTORNEY no explanation
is needed as to exactly why mr gerlach needed three
attorneys to represent him.
he requested this.
he was facing a homicide charge and he wanted every
angle of this covered as much as possible because
of the severity of the charge.
LEE WAS CHARGING THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS AN HOUR.
PROSECUTORS SAY AT THAT PREMIUM RATE, LEE SHOULDN'T
HAVE NEEDED RELY ON OTHER ATTORNEYS TO HELP HIM WITH
THINGS LIKE JURY SELECTION.
DERIC MARTIN/DEPUTY PROSECUTOR mr lee should have
not 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 himself.
PROSECUTORS ALSO QUESTIONED WHY LEE WOULD BILL THE
STATE FOR DRAFTING JURY INSTRUCTIONS THE SAME DAY
HE OFFICIALLY BECAME GERLACH'S ATTORNEY.
AND WENT ON TO ACCUSE THE DEFENSE TEAMS OF PADDING
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
AND TODAY JUDGE ANNETTE PLESE AGREED CUTTING EXPERT
WITNESS FEES IN HALF, DENYING ATTORNEY TRAVEL EXPENSES
AND CUTTING THE OVERALL BILL BY MORE THAN A HUNDRED
THE GERLACHS THEMSELVES HAD HOPED TO GET BACK FIVE
THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DONATIONS THEY HAD RECEIVED FROM
SUPPORTERS, BUT THEIR REQUEST CAME IN LATE AND WAS
NOT CONSIDERED BY THE COURT.
REPORTING IN SPOKANE, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.