Annual Meeting 2008

Coverage Roundup: Prosecutors Drove Cost of Ga. Death Penalty Case

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A retired Georgia judge who stepped down from the 2005 Atlanta courthouse killings case told an ABA panel today that prosecutors are partially to blame for high costs and delays associated with the ongoing capital trial.

Retired Superior Court Judge Hilton Fuller said that prosecutors could have scaled down their case against Brian Nichols without hurting their chances, the Associated Press reports.

Fuller argued that the Nichols trial should be an example of how the actions of prosecutors influence the cost of an adequate defense in death penalty cases.

The AP notes that prosecutors in the case presented a 54-count indictment and identified 487 witnesses, obligating the defense to investigate all of them. Controversy then erupted when the defense presented a $1.8 million bill.

Fuller reportedly said that prosecutors should have moved forward with one or two cases.

Fuller stepped down from the case in January after the New Yorker quoted him saying about Nichols, “Everyone in the world knows he did it.”

In the ongoing case, Nichols is accused of killing a judge, court reporter, sheriff’s deputy and federal agent.

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