Casey Anthony may have gotten off found not guilty of the three major counts of murdering her two-year-old daughter, but she cost the taxpayers of Florida nearly $700,000. Below is the complete breakdown of the money that was spent from the moment her mother, Cindy Anthony, called police reporting that her granddaughter was missing in 2008, all the way to the end of her trial last month.
(1) $119,000 for Defense expenses, or what Casey Anthony had to pay her lawyer after she was declared indigent and unable to pay.
(2) $91,000 was used by the prosecution, which they used for expert witnesses, undergo lab testing, etc.
(3) $186,903 was used to cover the expense of the jurors in the case, who were secluded from the outside world throughout the seven-week trial. Jury selection, hotel and food costs, etc were covered here by the 12 jurors and the five alternates.
(4) $293,123 went to the Orange County Sheriff’s office from the general costs of the investigation of finding Caylee Anthony — starting from when Cindy Anthony reported Caylee was missing to when her remains were found in December of 2008.
If you add that all up, that is a grand total of $690,026 that the taxpayers had to pay out of their pocket for the trial that left many with a bad taste in their mouth when it was all said and done.