No it doesn't. The legal wrangling costs more, not the sentence. The only reason it costs more is because liberal asshats have allowed convicted murderers to file appeal after appeal after appeal, based not on claims of their factual innocence, but because they don't want to die. Stop them from doing that, limit their appeals past the first mandatory one to those which purport their innocence, and the death penalty will be positively cheap.It costs way more money to kill someone than to keep him alive. So you're really just making us spend more money.