Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona board members Chuck LaRoue had an article in the Ahwatukee Foothill News calling on Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to disclose the cost to taxpayers for the unsuccessful attempt to have Jodi Arias executed.
He added that taxpayers should feel fortunate, from the perspective of cost, that Arias won’t be executed:
From a fiscal point of view, we should be thankful that Ms. Arias did not receive the death penalty, especially in light to the massive cuts in spending because of our current fiscal crisis. Had she been sentenced to death, there would have been costs to the Department of Corrections, Attorney General’s Office, court-appointed attorneys for all appeals and post-conviction relief petitions, costs associated with appeals and post-conviction relief at the federal level and costs to the federal courts and costs to transport the defendant back and forth to all of the court proceedings. All of these costs would have been paid by taxpayers.
You can read the full article by following this link.