Cosby trial cost $28 million


July 14, 2017
Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial on June 15 in Norristown, Pa. (AP)

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP):

Officials say Bill Cosby's trial last month in suburban Philadelphia cost the local government US$219,000 (approximately J$28 million), with more than half going towards overtime for deputies, detectives, security guards and court personnel.

Montgomery County released a breakdown yesterday that says it racked up about US$46,000 in hotel stays for jurors, who were brought in from Pittsburgh to hear the case. Juror meals amounted to US$14,000.

Running a video and audio feed to an overflowing courtroom added US$16,000 in costs.

The jury wasn't able to come to a verdict, and the 80-year-old Cosby is scheduled for retrial in November.

He's accused of drugging and molesting a woman more than a decade ago. He didn't testify at the first trial.