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HOLLYWOOD APPEAL:


The California Supreme Court ruled that Jesse James Hollywood – accused of masterminding the kidnap and murder of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz in 2000 – gets another chance to prove prosecutor Ron Zonen should be recused from the case. Hollywood claims Zonen showed prejudice by sharing information with the moviemakers of Alpha Dog, a fictional film loosely based on Hollywood’s life that is scheduled for release this month. Zonen said he hoped the movie would help apprehend Hollywood, who was still at large during its production. The District Attorney’s office will once again argue to the 2nd District Court of Appeals – which previously denied Hollywood’s petition – that there is no reason to recuse Zonen, who successfully prosecuted four other defendants in the case. According to Deputy District Attorney Gerald Franklin – who is overseeing the appellate work – the appeals court may then order an evidentiary hearing into the matter.

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