An accounting statement released on Thursday states that Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial has cost Montgomery County over $219,000.
After the conclusion of the trial, which ended last month after the jurors were unable to come to a final verdict following careful deliberation over all of the given evidence, county officials stated that they did not have a plan for how they will fit Cosby’s trial expenses into the county’s budgetary requirements.
The costs of prosecuting 80-year-old Bill Cosby includes $129,000 incurred from overtime charges and $74,000 in accommodation fees necessary for the jury members who were forced into isolation throughout the length of the trial.
As Cosby’s trial is set to commence once more in Norristown in the fall, even more fees will be piled on to this already costly trial.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele responded immediately following the release of the accounting statements, saying, “We have said all along that you can’t put a price on justice.”
“We are always budget-conscious, but we are also cognizant that our decisions must be based upon the facts and the evidence. We also must follow the trail wherever it leads us and we must overcome hurdles to obtaining justice.”
The $219,000 bill is still reported by The Inquirer to be way less than the cost that Bill Cosby paid out-of-pocket for his lawyers and publicity team, who helped defend him against the accusations of the dozens of women who claimed that the Cosby Show star had drugged and sexually assaulted them.
Cosby’s trial lasted for 5 days in addition to the 52 hours that the jury used for deliberation. The trial brought in a slew of media reporters, demonstrators, and onlookers that required Norristown police personnel supervision.
$98,000 were given to security staff for their overtime work during the lengthy trial and jury deliberation. $50,000 were also delegated to rent out an entire floor at a Plymouth Meeting hotel, where jurors were allowed to be sequestered in privacy. In addition, $14,000 was spent on food for the jurors.
It is unknown as to whether county officials will slim down on the costs for Cosby’s second trial in the fall.