$1 Million Resentencing in NYC As Shrinks Charge Up to $350 An Hour


Re-sentencing gangster Ronell Wilson for killing two New York police detectives could push Brooklyn federal court “over the fiscal cliff,” the New York Daily News reports. Taxpayers have paid nearly $1 million to cover defense lawyers and expert witnesses since the Bloods thug’s death sentence was reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals last year. The $965,000 tab is expected to grow by several hundred thousand dollars because invoices have not been submitted for a hearing just ended to determine whether Wilson is mentally disabled.

Six psychiatrists, whose travel and lodgings were paid for by the government, testified for Wilson. “The amount of money being spent is crazy,” said a source close to the case. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis is signing checks to cover defense costs, while the prosecutors’ costs are picked up by the U.S. Justice Department. The psychiatric experts charge $250 to $350 per hour for court work.

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