Price Tag for Philadelphia Man’s Federal Death Penalty Tops $10 Million


A federal jury recommended in June that Kaboni Savage, 38, be put to death. Savage left a grisly trail in Philadelphia, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. He gunned down one man, ordered the killing of five others, and directed a rowhouse firebombing that killed four children and two women. The cocaine, PCP, and other drugs he peddled poisoned families, enticed boys into crime, and kept neighborhoods in decay. Records and interviews show that the price tag for stopping Savage easily tops $10 million, making it one of the costliest prosecutions in city history.

Court-appointed lawyers for Savage and his codefendants have logged more than $3.3 million in fees and expenses. The prosecution cost more. Government lawyers, FBI agents, and staff spent years building the case, at times working on nothing else. The trial lasted seven months. The court paid $325,000 for 1,100 prospective jurors and the 18 eventually picked for the trial. Juror lunches and snacks topped $24,000. Transcripts cost $249,000.

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