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Friday, July 8, 2005

Defendant Seeks to Remove Prosecutors For Going Hollywood

From  "SANTA BARBARA, California (AP) -- Prosecutors trying ex-fugitive Jesse James Hollywood in the death of a 15-year-old boy should be removed from the case because they consulted on an upcoming Bruce Willis film based on the crime, a defense attorney said Wednesday.  "Alpha Dog," starring Willis and singer Justin Timberlake, is based on the August 2000 slaying, though the names and the setting have been changed.  The prosecution's alleged involvement with the film could make it difficult for Hollywood to get a fair trial, defense attorney James Blatt said.  He said Santa Barbara County prosecutors and detectives gave filmmakers documents, police reports and other records that might not be part of the public record.  Blatt also said lead prosecutor Ron Zonen appeared before a camera, walking with the movie's production staff on a trail where the murder occurred."  Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

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