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Jury Cost: $67,463.52.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    It would appear that defense attorney Sam Adam's cost estimates for the Blagojevich trial, at least for the jury, were somewhat exaggerated.
     
    The Clerk of the Court says the total cost for the Blagojevich jury was 67,463.52.  That includes daily costs, transportation, food, paperwork, and costs associated with the actual jury selection.
     
    Transportation costs include mileage paid to each juror for the duration of the trial.  Mileage was based on zip codes, with a standard rate of $.50 cents per mile.  Food was provided from a variety of sources, including the courthouse cafeteria, Corner Bakery, Jimmy John's, and area pizza restaurants.
     
    The costs average out to $899.51 per day.

    Sam Adam threw out a number of between $25 to $30 million for the retrial, but that figure has been debunked.