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.
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