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


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