The Cost of Justice
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV 20 News.
After two weeks of testimony, the jury deciding the fate of accused killer Frankie Silvestri couldn't agree to a verdict. So the State Attorney's office will have to go back to trial with a new jury to get a conviction. That means that the Office will have to shell out a pretty penny to see that happen...flying witnesses into town, rehiring experts and other expenses...totaling tens of thousands of dollars. That figure doesn't include in-house costs because staff can't work on other trials.
But the State Attorney's Office does not plan on lessening the charge to get a conviction.
"Is it worth doing it for a second time or a third time?," says Spencer Mann with the State Attorney's Office. "What dollar amount do you put on for the justice of the family of a victim? We've done this before and we're prepared to do it again."
Silvestri's attorney did not return out call.
A conference to decide when to retry Silvestri will be held next month.
Mann says considering the other trials on the court's docket, the availability of key witnesses and the upcoming holiday season, it might be 2008 before a new trial can begin.
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