Santa Barbara county taxpayers are on the hook for nearly three (m) million dollars spent on the unsuccessful prosecution of Michael Jackson.
Most of the money went to sheriff's deputies who were posted at the Santa Maria courthouse from January, when pretrial hearings began, through mid-June, when the trial ended. Crowd control also consumed a substantial amount of the money.
And the multi-(m) million-dollar bill could climb even higher.
The county's business manager says not included in the costs are
prosecution, investigative and grand jury expenses.
Jackson was acquitted of child molestation, conspiracy and other charges.