Thursday, May 24, 2012
Jesse James Hollywood Conviction Left Standing by High Court
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court yesterday declined to review a Court of Appeal ruling affirming the murder conviction of Jesse James Hollywood;.
The alleged onetime San Fernando Valley drug kingpin was the subject of “Alpha Dog,” a feature film based on the case that was released in 2006.
Hollywood, who was captured in Brazil in 2005 after nearly five years at large, was convicted of masterminding the kidnapping and murder of the 15-year-old half-brother of a former friend who owed Hollywood a drug debt.
Hollywood was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2010.
The Court of Appeal held, in an earlier ruling in the case, that the prosecutor should in the case should be disqualified for cooperating with the filmmakers. But that ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court, which said the trial judge’s finding that no miscarriage of justice had occurred was entitled to deference.
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