University of Pittsburgh

John Burkoff Comments on the Cost of a Good Defense

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January 10, 2014

Professor John Burkoff was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review about the case of a University of Pittsburgh researcher, Robert Ferrante, accused of killing his wife with cyanide who is seeking permission from a judge to unfreeze his assets so that he can spend more money on his defense. Ferrante has about $2.2 million spread over six bank accounts, and previously received permission to spend $280,000 to defend himself.

“It's not necessarily an excessive amount of money when one wants good representation,” said Professor John Burkoff. “The truth of the matter is that there are some very expensive lawyers, and some of those lawyers are expensive for a good reason — namely, they're good.”

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