Attorney fee for Randleman case comes to $56K

One attorney appointed to aid in cop killer Kevin Randleman’s defense spent the equivalent of 117 eight-hour work days on the case, according to court documents.
Sarah Weber
Oct 20, 2012


Robert Dixon’s final bill: More than $56,000.

The total paid out by Erie County to Dixon’s office will include another $2,000 for the printing expense of several-inch thick binders containing expert reports on Randleman’s mental abilities, mileage, and about 100 hours of work by a paralegal.

But the greatest expense by far was Dixon’s work on the case out of court. At more than 900 hours total with a $60 fee per hour, the Cleveland attorney’s preparation and research on the case cost more than $54,000.

While the total bill might seem steep to taxpayers, $60 an hour for attorney services, especially with the expertise and certification required to serve on death penalty cases, is a bargain.

To keep reading this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's Register.


Sit n Spin

One of the SPD cops should have used a .25¢ bullet that closed !

Taxed Enough Already

Yep and if you scream for it to be done more HUMANELY. My pet's Veterinarian would have done it for under $200.00 (depending on Randleman's weight) . I would have paid the bill so cost to the taxpayers $0.00


u can get .22 caliber for .21cents each at cabellas


u can get .22 caliber for .21cents each at cabellas


If he has any assets, including drug money or personal property, including the bicycle he was riding that night, which was probably stolen should be sold and put in the officers fund!!

Rationally Speaking

$60/hour sounds cheap considering what the average person has to pay just for legal advice. Erie County taxpayers received a break. If anyone knows of an attorney who will work for that amount, let us know. Oh, I forgot this was a pro bono case.

Pro bono publico (English: for the public good; usually shortened to pro bono) is a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced fee as a public service.


If it was "pro bono" why did the county receive a bill?

Taxed Enough Already

should be pro boner cause we got ....well you get it.


I am tired of reading about Randleman!


Only thing we should be reading about Randleman is his obit, which should have been printed along side Andy's


He didn't take this case pro bono. He was appointed to the case by the courts.

Julie R.

According to today's paper, Dixon's bill did require a correction after a Register analysis found his office had charged the county for 6 hours of work on two separate days --- before Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn was even killed. Dixon's final bill indicated he spent half an hour on the case on March 12, 2011, and 5.5 hours on the case on March 18, 2011. Randleman shot and killed Dunn on March 19, 2011. When asked about the charges, Dixon chalked it up to clerical error.

I personally would chalk it up to one of those infamous 'attorney moments' that attorneys are so good at: "Oh gee, it was an honest mistake."


Lawyers--they get together all day and say to each other, "What can we postpone next?" The only thing they don't postpone, of course, is their bill, which arrives regularly. You've heard about the man who got the bill from his lawyer which said, "For crossing the street to speak to you and discovering it was not you, twelve dollars."

George S. Kaufman (1889-1961)


$56k ,for defense , its getting rediculous, we can't afford this kind of defense anymore ,put a cap on the amount,lawyers stick to it or decline . Believe me they will find lawyers for less.


Yet the average cost to house this criminal is over $30,000 a yr for the taxpayers. Where's the justice in that? Start being like other countries with stricter penalties and this would drop alot..One appeals, you lose you go to the death chamber...Done...........


omg really.


The cost of a nation of incarceration - CBS News
Apr 22, 2012 ... Our epidemic of incarceration costs us taxpayers $63.4 billion a year. The explosion in incarceration began in the early 1970s


jon492 sad isn't it? If our lawmakers would listen to the public & eliminate nation-wide our "carrer criminals" America would be much better for it. We the people deserve better.


The cost of incarceration would be a whole lot cheaper if we would just

• Feed criminals the cheapest food we can find (Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona feeds inmates on something ridiculous like $1.30 a day).
• Offer paliative medical care ONLY (In other words, pain meds? Yes. Treatment? No. No taxpayer paid transplants, chemotherapy, etc. Prison inmates in this country get better medical care than the majority of FREE citizens!
• Every prisoner has to work. Whether it's cleaning the toilets, mopping the floors, slapping together the sandwiches, or doing the laundry, they ALL WORK.
• Eliminate multiple years-long appeals processes. One appeal and done.
• Stop imprisoning those who commit crimes that shouldn't really be crimes (don't harm others, don't infringe the rights of others, such as marijuana possession, prostitution, etc.)
• No more "special" treatment for some prisoners, such as religious dietary restrictions and the like.
• No TV, no Internet.

Meanwhile, I have to agree: $60 an hour for an attorney is a serious bargain. In what was potentially a death penalty case, it was a real steal! I'm actually kind of impressed that there's at least one attorney out there who DIDN'T take advantage of his position in the system. I'm glad Randleman pleaded out. Just imagine the bill, even at $60 an hour, if he'd gone to and through a trial!

Julie R.

I agree --- $60 an hour is cheap for an attorney. The going rate in this area is $125 to $150 an hour. The attorneys I know aren't even worth a $1 an hour. Most of them work in illegal collusion with the courts against their own clients, which is called "theft of the clients fees." In fact, I know attorneys that actually filed and dismissed things on behalf of NON-CLIENTS. The dirt-bags know they can get away with it because to get them one also has to get the courts and the Erie County Bar Association doesn't accept complaints against judges. Attorneys, just like the courts, have it made in the shade when it comes to corrupt Erie County.