May 17, 2006

Trial of priest cost county at least $56,000

Toledo Blade


The expenses in the murder trial of Toledo priest Gerald Robinson have topped $56,000 and the bills are still coming in, court officials said yesterday.

Lucas County Common Pleas Court spent about $16,650 on the trial, starting with jury selection April 17 and ending May 11, when the 68-year-old priest was convicted in the 1980 ritual killing of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, according to Court Administrator Jean Atkin.

The county Prosecutor's Office estimated its expenses at $38,000 including fees paid to expert witnesses including Henry Lee and Paulette Sutton, transportation, and other costs such as research, testing, and materials, according to Prosecutor Julia Bates.

That figure does not include salaries of staff members who worked on the case, some of whom were involved from the time the Lucas County cold-case unit reopened the case in December, 2003.

Posted by kshaw at May 17, 2006 06:52 AM