COSTS: Federal Case Reveals High Costs of Death Penalty Prosecutions

The new federal collateral hearing of Brian Richardson in Atlanta illustrated a high costs of lawsuit when a genocide chastisement is sought. Richardson’s box compulsory some-more than 30 lawyers, and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in consultant declare fees. The U.S. Attorney’s Office reserved 8 prosecutors to a box and allocated 20 private attorneys to paint inmates who were testifying opposite Richardson. The Federal Defender’s Office reserved 4 attorneys and dual investigators to Richardson’s defense. The bureau spent roughly $200,000 for a experts and expenses. Other costs to taxpayers enclosed some-more than $150,000 billed by mental health experts who designed to attest during trial, though were taboo from doing so.  In a end, a suspect was condemned to life though parole.  U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper barred a consultant testimony after anticipating that prosecutors misled him as to how a experts would control Richardson’s mental health evaluation. Two partner U.S. Attorneys were also private from a case. One was stricken after recordings suggested a unfortunate review between a prosecutor and a supervision snitch. The second prosecutor was barred since of a dispute of interest, though he continued operative on a box behind a scenes, in rebuttal of a judge’s order.  Brian Mendelsohn, one of Richardson’s lawyers, said, “This was a gigantic rubbish of taxpayer money. Brian was peaceful to beg guilty in sell for a life judgment from day one. This whole part could have been avoided.”

Richardson was in jail for armed spoliation and had murdered his cellmate in a U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.  The charge took 4 years and resulted in a 9-week trial.  The supervision helped get reduced sentences for some of a inmates they brought in and who cooperated with a prosecution. The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility is questioning a actions of a strange prosecutors.

(B. Rankin, “Costs questioned in unsuccessful death-penalty case,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug 12, 2012).  See Costs and Federal Death Penalty.  Listen to the podcast on Costs.