Carr Case Breaks The Bank

By: Eric James
By: Eric James

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It cost taxpayers $1.1 million to prosecute Reginald and Jonathan Carr. A jury found the Dodge City brothers guilty of murder, and they've been sentenced to die.

The cost of the Carr and John Robinson trials put the Capital Defense Board's budget over by close to $900,000.

The board's director has asked lawmakers for $600,000 in emergency cases filed after mid-December. If the money's not available, lawyers won't be paid for their work. "I have talked with nine capital lawyers and for ethical reasons they are willing to continue their work even with an extended delay," said director Patricia Scalia.

Carr defense attorneys spent $651,000 to cover the costs of medical experts, psychologists and character witnesses.

The attorneys were paid $461,000 for their work

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