Dalia Dippolito: Florida Supreme Court won’t hear appeal

Dalia Dippolito in court Tuesday, February 23, 2016 during a pretrial hearing. The 33-year-old Dippolito is facing a May retrial on 2009 charges that she tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband, convicted conman Michael Dippolito. She has pleaded not guilty. Dalia Dippolito is expected to testify that a former lover threatened her with a gun and pressured her to speak to the hit man who was actually an undercover police officer. The case gained national notoriety because "Cops" happened to be filming with the Boynton Beach police. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Dalia Dippolito in court Tuesday, February 23, 2016 during a pretrial hearing. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Florida’s Supreme Court on Tuesday denied former Boynton Beach newlywed Dalia Dippolito’s appeal of her murder solicitation case, clearing the way for a December retrial on charges that she tried to hire a hitman to kill her new husband.

The move comes a month after Dippolito’s lawyers, fresh from a rejection from Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal, asked the high court to dismiss Dippolito’s case based on claims that Boynton Beach Police officials engaged in “reprehensible” and unethical behavior to build a case against Dippolito.

Attorneys Brian Claypool and Andrew Greenly claimed officers coerced Dippolito’s sometime lover into threatening her to move forward with the 2009 ┬áplot against Michael Dippolito because it would make for a good episode of the reality TV show COPS.

A Florida Supreme Court clerk signed a single-page order dismissing Dippolito’s appeal Tuesday as “successive” but offered no further explanation.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley recently set Dippolito’s retrial for Dec. 5 and said he would postpone it if the Florida Supreme Court had agreed to hear her case.

Dippolito in 2011 was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a first jury convicted her of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. Her conviction was later overturned on appeal, clearing the way for a new trial.

Dippolito, 33, didn’t take the stand in her own defense in the first trial, bt in a hearing earlier this year, she revealed for the first time claims that she, Michael Dippolito and lover Mohamed Shihadeh all came together to fabricate the plot in hopes that the publicity would score them more acting jobs.

“American Greed” to feature Wellington pill mill bosses Jeff, Chris George

Jeff George (right) sits in court with his attorney, David Roth, Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2015 during his sentencing in the death of Joseph Joey Bartolucci on charges related to his operation of a pain clinic. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Jeff George (right) sits in court with his attorney, David Roth, Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2015 during his sentencing in the death of Joseph Joey Bartolucci on charges related to his operation of a pain clinic. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

A story on the rise and fall of Wellington twin pill mill kingpins Jeff and Chris George will air on CNBC’s “American Greed” Thursday, according to the show’s producers.

The episode will air at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

Until their arrests more than five years ago, investigators say the brothers amassed a $40 million pill mill empire that was once the largest operation of its kind in the nation.

State and federal authorities took down the operation with sweeping indictments against the brothers and dozens of others in their operation, including childhood friend, their mother and their wives.

Chris George is serving a 14-year federal prison sentence. A judge sentenced Jeff George last year to the maximum 20-year sentence which was part of a plea agreement in exchange for his testimony against his co-defendants in a case involving the death of patient Joey Bartolucci.