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Simpson Trial Cost More Than $9 Million, County Report Says

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Cash-strapped Los Angeles County spent more than $9 million on the double-murder trial of O.J. Simpson, according to a report released Friday by the auditor-controller’s office.

The total of $9,038,683 was $147,793 more than the $8,890,890 that had been spent as of Sept. 30, according to the report.

The not guilty verdicts were announced Oct. 2. Simpson had been charged in the June 12, 1994, killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman.

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The district attorney’s office incurred the largest expense: $4,048,111, for the prosecution and investigation of the case. The Sheriff’s Department spent $3,068,040 for jailing and transporting Simpson.

The Superior and Municipal Courts spent $2,098,371 in salaries and overhead related to the trial. The county coroner spent $99,302 on autopsies and scientific work for the trial. The auditor-controller’s office spent $25,612 on accounting. Jury sequestration expenses totaled $3,041,161.

In contrast, the county received only $300,753 in rental revenue from broadcast and cable networks and stations using the Hall of Justice parking lot.


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