Jesse James Hollywood’s attorneys argued before the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Ventura that the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office should not be allowed to prosecute the infamous accused murderer because a local DA shared confidential information with a movie producer. Ordered by the state Supreme Court, the hearing saw lawyers for both sides argue before a three-judge panel. The issue at hand was Deputy DA Ron Zonen’s involvement with director Nick Cassavetes, who has since made a big-budget film – Alpha Dog – based on Hollywood’s life. Zonen shared, among other things, probation files and police reports with Cassavetes in the early stages of the film’s production. While Zonen was not paid for his collaboration and insists he was only hoping to help apprehend the then at-large fugitive, Hollywood’s lawyers believe the divulgement constitutes a glaring violation of justice and prevents Hollywood from getting a fair trial in Santa Barbara County. Justices are expected to rule on the matter in two to three months.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., July 20, 2006
Updated 11:08 a.m., August 10, 2006
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