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Simpson case leaves L.A. with $9 million tab

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December 2, 1995
Web posted at: 10:10 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - The O.J. Simpson murder trial cost Los Angeles County more than $9 million, according to the county auditor's report released Friday.

The bulk of the $9,038,683 in expenses came from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office which incurred $4,048,111, according to the report which tallies costs from June 1994 to October 1995.

Still, the trial is only the second most expensive trial in Los Angeles history. The McMartin Preschool child molestation case cost the county $13.2 million. It involved an 18-month long preliminary hearing and two trials, one lasting almost three years.

In the Simpson case, sheriff costs totaled $3,068,040. Court costs totaled $2,098,371. Jury sequestration totaled $2,061,016. Coroner costs came to $99,302. The total figure does not include the cost of Simpson's incarceration or police costs prior to Simpson's arrest.

Simpson was acquitted Oct. 3 on charges of murdering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

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Los Angeles County must shoulder the costs alone without the benefit of state or federal funds. On the other side of the balance sheet, the county did earn $300,753 from Camp O.J. the area leased to the media adjacent to the courthouse.

In other Simpson-related matters, an Orange County Commissioner closed Friday the guardianship case involving Simpson's children Sydney, 10, and Justin, 7.

Ms. Simpson's parents, Louis and Juditha Brown, are seeking legal custody of the two children. Commissioner Thomas Schulte said the case must be closed to protect the privacy of the children.



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