How much does a celebrity trial cost? The Associated Press reports that California taxpayers spent more than $2.64 million to convict Scott Peterson for the murders of his pregnant wife and the fetus she carried. The Stanislaus County district attorney’s office spent $672,507, not including the salaries of three prosecutors and other employees. Modesto police estimate they spent $1 million investigating the 2002 disappearance of Laci Peterson. Court costs totaled $742,000. The county paid $229,000 for expert defense witnesses when Peterson ran out of money.
A judge has affirmed Peterson’s death sentence. The county hopes state lawmakers will reimburse much of the cost of the investigation and trial. Prosecutors paid a consultant $125,771 to help them pick jurors, and $14,600 to a criminal justice psychologist.