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Friday, November 19, 2004

High-Profile Peterson Case Carries Steep $2.5 Pricetag Causing County Dispute Over the Bill

Peterson_1San Mateo County, where Peterson was tried and convicted, is taking Stanislaus County, the locale where the crime occurred and where the case was originally based, to court in an attempt to get Stanilslaus County to pick up its full share of the $2.5 million bill.  Costs escalated due to the intense investigation the high-profile nature of the case generated, the 5-month length of the trial, and the need to control traffic, media and crowds outside the courtroom.  It is estimated that costs might top $5 million with appeals.  If Stanislaus County is unable to pony up, San Mateo County says it will be forced to cut county services, and as a result, may seek state legislation requiring the taxpayers across the state to foot the bill.  More...    [Mark Godsey]

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Comments

It is time to start making networks like Court TV start paying for the rights to air trial coverage. They make money because this trial is famous, and for the same reason the trial costs more to try.

Posted by: Nick Bourbaki | Nov 18, 2004 8:35:15 PM

Yeah, and they can have TV mini-'recesses' for commercial breaks.

Personally I would prefer they get the cameras out of the courtroom.

Posted by: Panther of Love | Nov 18, 2004 10:36:50 PM

"This verdict brought to you by Pepsi."

Or

"The Miller Light Witness of the Day."

Maybe a Nike Swoosh on the judge's robe?

Posted by: gaw | Nov 19, 2004 3:23:12 AM

The odd thing is that there was a competition to hold the trial. The local news were talking about how Santa Clara County (where San Jose is) and Alameda County (where Oakland) is were also in the running and how some thought that the trial would be a boon because of all the press who would have to eat in local restaurants and stay in local hotels.

Posted by: Gus M | Nov 19, 2004 9:04:51 AM

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