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Study: Nevada’s Death Penalty Defense Is Costly

(Las Vegas, NV)  —  A new study finds it will cost Clark County taxpayers about $20-million to defend the valley’s 80 pending death penalty cases.  The report by a UNLV criminal justice professor says prosecutors spend double the hours on capital murder cases, versus cases that don’t involve the death penalty.  The Nevada ACLU is calling for more study.  The civil rights group plans to ask the Legislature for a moratorium on the state’s death penalty.

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