2005 Michael Jacksons Prosecutor Ron Zonen lost in court but tries to win in the media

This is a translation. Forgive mistakes…

 

In 2005 Prosecutor Ron Zonen was instrumental in helping District Attorney Tom Sneddon in losing the „trial of the century“ against Michael Jackson. Ron Zonen’s and Tom Sneddon’s debacle quickly became obvious to trial observers: the only thing to condemn in the trial was the constructed indictment itself.
On June 13, 2005 it was official: Michael Jackson was found Not Guilty by a jury of 12. Not Guilty on all charges constructed by Ron Zonen and Tom Sneddon. 14 (fourteen) in total.
So after Ron Zonen lost his case in a proper courtroom, the ex-prosecutor ignored the verdict and continued to try his case against Michael Jackson in the following years. In the media. Against a by then dead man who no longer had a chance to defend himself. Ron Zonen was already at the center of disciplinary actions in a US Supreme Court. The behavior of the former prosecutor is unworthy for his profession not only in the case against Michael Jackson.
After Prosecutors Sneddon’s and Zonen’s disaster against Jackson in 2005, Zonen gave one of his podcast interviews. This interview granted Zonen the former prosecution’s witness. In this interview, Prosecutor Zonen tried to excuse his obvious failures in the Jackson case: 1

„It’s just very tough bringing down a superstar like that.“

Deputy D.A. Ron Zonen who also had an affair with the prosecution witness in his „superstar“ trial.

Sneddon Zonen 2005
Sneddon and his assistance Zonen after losing their „trial of the century“ image source: NBC Live, 2005.06.14.

Prosecutor Ron Zones lost his case in court but tries to win the case in the media

„Multiple prosecutors“ worked from 2003 until 2005 against Michael Joe Jackson: Tom Sneddon, Ron Zonen and Gordon Auchincloss. Zonen, Sneddon and Auchincloss failed according to Zonen in „a courtroom full of prima donnas.“ (Note: A derogatory definition of people who think they are special and expect to be treated as such.) Deputy Zonen was one of them.

Ron Zonen allegedly assisted since 1993 in Tom Sneddon’s District Attorney office in the investigation against Jackson. However, frontman Ron Zonen never was. Photos are showing Zonen during the „trial of the century“ in 2005 rather dragging boxes while the press focused on D.A. Sneddon, who was struggling for confidence.
But Zonen is looking for the spotlight. He likes to give interviews (which cause little sensation) in which he tries very hard to justify his 2003 indictment against Michael Jackson. This case against the King of Pop, that started in 2003 with five pages of paper only to be blown up by the prosecution to more than 100000 pages. „Multiple prosecutors“ working against Jackson for an 2, 3, 4

„ awfully lot of time .. in this case working around the clock. 7 days a week.“

So many hours of work by the prosecutors, 100 000 pages which led swiftly to a „Not guilty“ verdict for Michael Jackson. Their trial against the King of Pop, with which the Prosecutors Zonen and Sneddon pushed themselves into the center of global publicity, had been expensively financed by taxpayers.

Picture Source: Ron Zonen Interview by Dan Abrams, MSNBC LIVE, 2005.06. Source

The Jackson files? „Thrown away.“ What remains for us are the many words by Ron Zonen

In 2019 Zonen gave an interview to his previous witness in his case against Michael Jackson. His witness he had an affair with. And married after the trial.

„I didn’t remember which one I married after the trial. There were a lot of options.“

Ron Zonen.
In this interview Zonen declared, they threw away the Michael Jackson files. 5

„Yeah it’s shredded. It’s everything shredded. Everything is shredded and everything is gone.“

Cleanup of the crime scene?

Ex-Prosecutor Ron Zonen defended the destroying of the Jackson files claiming that they had received too many requests to view the files and that they were „not responsible for the legacy of Michael Jackson“. After all, Jackson is dead now, he said, and no criminal case would be brought against a dead man. That’s why Zonen and his office threw all 100 000 pages in the trash can, he said. Because they needed space he said.
The DA’s office is destroying the files about a historical trial about a historical public figure?
The DA’s office is destroying the files about the trial they lost, about an indictment they should never have filed?
The prosecution is destroying the pictures of the 1993 strip search of Michael Jackson? Or would the prosecution have kept the pictures of the defendant if they had actually been able to prove Jackson’s alleged guilt?

In the USA, the public prosecutor’s office may be the file-keeping authority too. And time limits exist for storing of files. But for trials of historical value, such as the „trial of the century“ against the King of Pop, there are exceptions. (If trials like these don’t have historical value, which one will?)
According to Zonen, the public is therefore left with no documents from the prosecution’s investigation, no investigation files with orders and notes that are interesting for the management of the trial. What remains for us are the many words by Ron Zonen, who has gone down in history as being a failure in his role as prosecutor on every count in this „trial of the century.“ The words of Ron Zonen, who for 15 years has blamed others for his defeat and has never once taken responsibility for his own way of working.
(Status: december 2020). And countless interviews later.

2005: District Attorney Ron Zonen wanted to „give closing arguments in his pajamas“

For one of their hearing in March 2005, Jackson initially did not show up. Judge Melville threatened Jackson with prison. After an hour, Jackson showed up. He came directly from the hospital. Jacksons had fallen, hurting his back. Getting out of his car in front of the courthouse, his security guards had to support him. Compressed lips, dark glasses. Jackson, who was dancing on the moon to be able to float backwards, shuffled slowly across the path to the courtroom. And tried to maintain his dignity. He wore a black jacket, white shirt, black shoes. A pair of patterned trousers. The media screamed out. „Pajama Day!!!“ they dubbed the outcry that can still be heard today. Pajama Day. 6
Jackson endured the day. He also endured the next three months until his acquittal. By then he was wearing a supportive back brace under his suits, and was accompanied by a doctor. 7
Prosecutor Ron Zonen, who had to represent the people in the Justice System and not himself, demonstrated arrogance not only in retrospect of these events: 8

„I contemplated doing closing arguments in payamas …But I was overruled ..“

Someone once suggested that Zonen had more style than Sneddon. This calls for discussion.

Prosecutor Zonen wanted „highly inappropriate and disturbing” Hollywood

It wouldn’t be long before a court felt compelled to reprimand Ron Zonen’s modus operandi with harsh words as being “ highly inappropriate and disturbing.“ 9
In a completely different criminal case, Prosecutor Zonen had eagerly made his investigation file available for the production of a Hollywood feature film. Zonen thus manipulated public opinion about a fugitive defendant on whom a legal verdict had not even been announced. The result is called „Alpha Dog“ on movie screens around the world. Beginning in 2006, the Hollywood event grosses $30 million.. Starring: Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. And in the credits, a thank-you note to Deputy D.A. Ron Zonen, the prosecutor who had been all too eager to make his files available to Hollywood.

Prosecutor Zonen shared confidential documents with Hollywood. Ron Zonen’s actions were illegal.

The judges strongly criticized Zonen’s behavior: 10, 11

“To say that Zonen went too far in his attempt to apprehend the petitioner is an understatement,” wrote the justices, who added that they did not want to “embolden other prosecutors to assist the media in the public vilification of a defendant in a case which is yet to be tried.”

 

[…]We find [Zonen’s] acknowledged actions […] highly inappropriate and disturbing,“ 

 

„An appeals court […] ordered a deputy district attorney [Ron Zonen] removed from a high-profile death penalty case because the prosecutor had shared confidential files with movie producers.“
„The court found prosecutor Zonen “ overstepped his authority“, showed „overzealous efforts“ in his work.“ 12

 

„Zonen’s actions allowed ’show business‘ to cast an unseemly shadow over this case,“ wrote Presiding Judge Arthur Gilbert. „The prosecution of criminal cases and entertainment enterprises are best kept separate.“

Ron Zonen’s contributions to the production of the Hollywood motion picture were disfavored as „the prosecutor’s opening statement“. One lawyer described Zonen as being 13

 “seduced by the aphrodisiac of fame” and, more than once, suggested that Zonen broke the law through his actions“

„[…] Zonen’s quest for fame got in the way of doing what was right. “The court has to be concerned about the prospect of fame” […]

By the way, in the case in which the prosecutor was criticized for breaking the law, the defendant’s name was Hollywood. First name Jesse James.
Prosecutor Zonen had called for the death penalty for the man.

Prosecutor Ron Zonen wanted Hollywood. And Fame.

Summer 2000 in Normal Valley, Santa Barbara. Kids, Drugs, a Murder and a fugitive gang leader. Four of the youths involved were brought to court by Zonen until July 2002. One of them was put on death row by Zonen. The one missing from the criminal case was the nineteen-year-old gang leader: Jesse James Hollywood. The youngest candidate on the FBI’s „Most Wanted“ list.
And Prosecutor Zonen wanted fame and Hollywood.

„[Ron Zonen] was all for it because […] he figured it was a great way to gain global exposure through a major motion picture.“

The content of the story around the accused Jesse James Hollywood was considered by real Hollywood filmmakers to be worth for a movie. Prosecutor Zonen helped film producers develop the Hollywood screenplay in 2003. Prosecutor Zonen conducted his trial and at the same time handed over to the filmmakers confidential criminal files, police reports, probation files, psychiatric reports, photos of the autopsy, the crime scene, names of witnesses. The result is a feature film with input from the prosecutor named Ron Zonen. 14, 15 

A false scenario was created by law enforcement officials, including the prosecutors office through the mass media.“

16, 17 Zonen later stated that he had wanted to catch the fugitive defendant with the feature film. The big problem with Zonen’s explanation was that names and dates in the film had been changed anyway and photos from the fugitive were also missing. To make matters worse, the defendant had even been arrested before the film was released. But Zonen also explained at some point that he was not attracted to the world of celebrities at all.
In the end, the prosecutor expressed that he was „very angry“ with those involved in the film production. Zonen feared „he was potentially facing criminal prosecution“ and „he may have violated the law“ Ron Zonen, the prosecutor, feared consequences.
Here’s what a lawyer said about Ron Zonen:

„That prosecutor has forfeited his right to try the case. It creates an appearance of impropriety and it cheapens the criminal justice system.“

James Blatt. 18 
The defense attorney in the Hollywood case wanted to remove not only Prosecutor Zonen from the case. James Blatt was convinced the entire DA’s office knew about Zonen’s activities. (Authors Note: Perhaps also supported?).

A false scenario was created by law enforcement officials, including the prosecutors’ office through the mass media.

According to the latest research, Ron Zonen’s boss in the DA’s office until 2006 was Tom Sneddon, Santa Barbara’s District Attorney.
Attorney James Blatt objected to prosecutor Zonen for conflicts of interest. Ron Zonen was on trial. 19, 20

In affidavits, prosecutor Zonen comes across as a bumbling amateur, joking that he wanted to be portrayed in the film by “somebody really handsome” and so star-struck that he jeopardizes the very case he hoped to leave as his legacy.“

The judges did not focus on Ron Zonen’s appearance. They criticized prosecutors in death penalty cases „must be held to the highest standards of behavior„. 21 The judges ruled that Ron Zonen’s actions,

allowed ’show business‘ to cast an unseemly shadow over this case

Only a short time before – or even at the same time – Prosecutor Ron Zonen had assisted his District Attorney Tom Sneddon to present to the world a case against the „most famous man under the sun“ named Michael Jackson. Ron Zonen, „seduced by the aphrodisiac of fame”, is still giving interviews with the name ‚Michael Jackson‘ attached to it in 2021.
Attorney Sanger, who represented Jackson with Attorney Mesereau in 2005, commented on prosecutors like Zonen: 22, 23

We want people representing justice to do justice.”

In the Hollywood case, District Attorney Ron Zonen was removed from the case by court order. 24 Such decisions are rare; Zonen’s violations were big enough. No public information has been released as to whether disciplinary proceedings followed. In 2011, the 62-year-old retired. We do not know to what extent his retirement was influenced by his Hollywood – behavior.
Looking back at Zonen and District Attorney Sneddon’s case against Jackson, defense attorney Mesereau stated: 25

“I‘m convinced they were far more attracted to that than destroying a black person. These are three white prosecutors, OK? However, racism can exist on a unconscious or subconscious level as well as a conscious level. […] it was the celebrity part that was most attracted to them. It was the celebrity part that was going to get them significant advantages as the prosecutors who took down Michael Jackson, the world’s greatest known entertainer.” […] this was a very mean spirited prosecution that had to attack everything about him: his sexuality, his finances, his music, his attire, they were willing to do anything.“ 

Prosecutor Ron Zonen, „seduced by the aphrodisiac of fame”.

It’s just very tough bringing down a superstar like that.“

Ron Zonen. In another interview 12.2005.

Prosecutor Ron Zonen intermingles entertainment industry with criminal investigation

Starting in 2002, Zonen was the closest advisor to the Hollywood production, which was intended to shape and manipulate public opinion. The closest advisor to the film team was also the father of the accused, Jack Hollywood. What an alliance.

In 2003 Jackson’s arrest took place, triggered by Martin Bashir’s TV show „Living with Michael Jackson“. In 2004 the next TV show by Bashir was published, this time called „Michael Jackson’s secret world“ and very suitable to influence the jury pool for the prosecution. In 2004 Raymond Chandler published the book about EVAN’s story, exactly a decade after it allegedly happened. The publication of this book happened just in time for the start of the trial and became the focus by the world press. Chandler’s book was edited by a writing service „with film experience looking for movie material.“ The screenwriter Evan Chandler’s „EVANstory“ in the novel ALL THAT GLITTERS was written like a movie script. And then there was Zonen’s Hollywood movie and manipulation of a future jury in the matter of Jesse Hollywood on the other side.
Isn’t that a lot of film that happened at the same time around prosecutor Zonen? Doesn’t this raise doubts about the way he works as a representative of the judiciary?

In 2004 Raymond Chandler was allowed one „media event“ after another on TV with his very own version of the Chandler-Story. Chandler thus influenced the public and the jury before the trial against Jackson had even begun. At the same time, the prosecution threatened to charge Jackson’s friends and associates with „conspiracy“ to prevent them from making media appearances in favor of Jackson. The same prosecution, represented by Sneddon and Zonen, had given Raymond Chandler a free ride. 26 In 2004, Raymond Chandler appeared on the TV program ‚Court-TV‘, which was linked to Reporter Diane Dimond. Dimond was connected to the District Attorney’s office. Court-TV was associated to the website „The Smoking Gun.“ Raymond Chandler’s performances were approved by the DA’s office in 2004. Were Chandler’s media events even sponsored by the DA’s office?

The exclusive interviews on NBC with prosecutors Sneddon and Zonen immediately at the end of the Jackson trial were probably part of the publicity deal.

Beginning in 2004, the pre-trial grand jury proceeded in the case against Jackson. The Arvizos and all paid tabloid witnesses could safely testify there without being questioned by the defense. The defense had no right to cross-examine the alleged witnesses during grand jury proceedings. The jury of the following, actual criminal proceedings must be able to decide uninfluenced. Therefore, the transcripts of the testimonies from the grand jury proceedings are part of the prosecution files and thus basically secret.

But of all things, in the case against Michael Jackson, the grand jury transcripts were published on the Internet on Feb. 15, 2005, before the trial began. On the website „The Smoking Gun“. A full of 1903 pages. 27 That was illegal. The transcripts of the payed „Tabloid-Witnesses“ and the accusers named Arvizo caused a media uproar and shaped, without being questioned, the public opinion from which the future jury was to be chosen.

The website „The Smoking Gun“ was connected to „Court-TV“. Reporter Dimond contributed to „Court-TV“. Dimond and Zonen still maintain their friendship in 2019. Vacations, trips, book promotion, interviews, dinners included. And everything about it they publish on Facebook.

Someone also published on „The Smoking Gun“ in anticipation of Jackson’s trial Jordan Chandler’s never-questioned allegations in the 1993 „Interview„. Also published was the January 1994 settlement from the Chandler/Jackson civil case. 28

Someone had done a great job in preparing the case against Michael Jackson in 2004. The public and the jury were manipulated – similar like in Ron Zonen’s „Hollywood“ case – before Jackson could even set foot in the courtroom. They still failed to convict the man.


Documents relating to the actions of Prosecutor Zonen in Hollywood can be found here::

Jesse James Hollywood Case. (Link dircets to the website of Jesse James Hollywood criminal defense attorney named James Blatt)


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  1. Zonen, Ron in Weezy and The Swish episode 014 – (016) – Prosecutor Ron Zonen gave an interview to the witness in the Jackson trial, Louise Palanker about that very trial for her show. Palanker and Zonen later married. 2005.12.08., retrieved 2017.09.18., Minute 54.10 – Ron Zonen:„It’s just very tough bringing down a superstar like that.“, via archive.org under WeezyAndTheSwishEpisode016
  2. Zonen, Ron, Transcript of “Frozen in Time: A Riveting Behind-the-Scenes View of the Michael Jackson Cases”, Part 4, David Edwards Transcript 2010.11.04., retrieved 2017.03.05., „Where is he today? He’s twenty years old. He’s a 3rd year student at a very prominent university on the east coast. I’m not going to mention the name of the school, but anyone who would like to know come see me, I’ll tell you. He’s an Honor student who has a 3.5 GPA, and a double major in Philosophy and History, and he’s planning on going to Law School! Some of you will agree with that, and some of you won’t. He’s a deeply religious young man, in a relationship with a young woman, for about 2 years, the daughter of a minister. He attends church on a regular basis. He doesn’t drink, doesn’t do drugs. He’s delightful in his presentation. I spent time with him only a month ago. And he’s really doing remarkable well. He has never asked for or taken a penny from anybody about any of the activity of this case. Never. There are standing offers from the press for his story for enough money that would cover his tuition, which is considerable, never mind that he’s on a 50% scholarship. But he has never taken a penny from anybody, and no intention of doing so. He’s accruing debt like college kids do today, but he’s doing just fine.“, https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/frozen-in-time-seminar-2/4-ron-zonen-2/
  3. Zonen, Ron, Transcript of “Frozen in Time: A Riveting Behind-the-Scenes View of the Michael Jackson Cases”, Part 4, David Edwards/Niederschrift. 2010.11.04., retrieved 2017.03.05., „To deal with the trial itself, because at this point as we’re getting „close to the start of trial, we had accumulated something close to 100,000 pages of discovery.https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/frozen-in-time-seminar-2/4-ron-zonen-2/
  4. Zonen, Ron in Weezy and The Swish episode 014 Minute 12:11,  Staatsanwalt Ron Zonen gibt der Zeugin im Jackson Verfahren, Louise Palanker („Weezy“) ein Interview über den Prozess für ihre Sendung. Palanker und Zonen werden später heiraten., 2005.12.08., retrieved 2017.09.18., Gastgeber: Palanker, Louise. Gäste: Ron Zonen. „Yes folks, the big interview is here! This week, we talk with Ron Zonen, one of the prosecutors for the MJ trial. There is a lot of ground covered here today. Heck, we even have a few jokes inserted within key areas – just for good measure. After introductions are given, each of us take turns asking Ron what we have on our minds. To be honest, listening to this show will give you some real insight into what actually took place behind the closed doors… Identifier WeezyAndTheSwishEpisode016“https://archive.org/details/WeezyAndTheSwishEpisode014
  5. Dimond, Diane in „The Jackson Trial & Contemporary Media“ on YouTube Minute 21:08: „I finish up by telling you 20:42that for some goddamn reason and the Santa20:52Barbara District Attorney’s Office have20:55destroyed the Michael Jackson file now20:58that means that no scholars can ever go21:00back and study this trial or study the21:03way the investigation unfolded21:05everything has been destroyed.“, Zonen: „It was that talented21:24handsome prosecutor who happens to be married to the woman to my right for now who actually supervised the closed-down of that case but there’s a reason for it21:33there was of course a reason forward we21:35needed the room I mean it was taking up21:37an entire office worth of space all21:40those boxes he’s dead we’re not21:42prosecuting him again okay and that21:45material and the trial and everything21:47about it is all public it’s all been21:50turned over to one source after another….“ Zonen: yeah it’s shredded it’s 24:06 everything shredded everything is shredded and everything is gone and none of its digitized and well some of it is digitized I mean some of it is digitized I’m I need a budget on the spot but what is that why did that happen just because he’s dead and he was taking up space there will never be another Michael Jackson prosecution and we were getting hit with the Freedom of Information requests and reporters and journalists constantly contacting us and to go through a hundred thousand pages of material to respond to those requests was simply burdensome you’re not a big office you know and to live the legacy of Michael Jackson wasn’t necessarily something that we wanted to do forever. We tried the case it went on for months and months we did a tremendous amount of investigation he wasn’t convicted he was acquitted“
  6. Michael Jackson talks about Pajamas day Trial 2005 – Il giorno del pigiama, 2005.03.10., 2017.09.26., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBINAh4lsPw 
  7. Jackson, Michael, March 21 2005 in the Michael Jackson trial (MJ is late and in pain) von Youtube Userin LunaJo67, 2005.03.21., retrieved 2017.09.26., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYh6nDY8_j0
  8. Zonen, Ron in Weezy and The Swish episode 014, 2005.12.09., retrieved 2017.09.18., Interview Palanker, Louise. Gäste: Ron Zonen. https://archive.org und dort https://ia801301.us.archive.org/11/items/WeezyAndTheSwishEpisode016/WeezyAndTheSwish-Episode14.mp3  Minute 16:51: „I contemplated doing closing arguments in payamas. That would make a statement. But I was overruled … and I own nothing in silk.“
  9. SANTA BARBARA Independent, Hollywood’s Day in Court, Silverstein, Amy/Meagher, Chris. 2009.05.21., retrieved 2017.09.21., „It also presented trouble for the prosecution, as Ron Zonen, a veteran deputy district attorney who prosecuted the others involved in the kidnapping and murder, aided in the making of Alpha Dog by giving producers his files. Zonen explained he had done so because he hoped more publicity would help flush Hollywood out of hiding, but Blatt argued that Zonen and the entire Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office should be thrown off the case as a result of the collaboration. The matter ultimately went to the state Supreme Court, which, in October 2008, ruled that Zonen shouldn’t be removed from the case, despite “highly inappropriate and disturbing” behavior. Still, DA Christie Stanley ultimately decided to replace Zonen with Lynn to eliminate any potential problems.“, https://www.independent.com/news/2009/may/21/hollywoods-day-court/
  10. SANTA BARBARA Independent, Ruling Vindicates S.B. Prosecutors, Judges – Fictional Works Didn’t Create Conflict of Interest, Meagher, Chris. 2008.05.15., 2017.09.21., „Zonen[…] helped in the making of Alpha Dog-a motion picture based on the case-by, among other things, giving producers his files. He testified that he agreed to consult in hopes of flushing out Hollywood, who was still a fugitive. But the movie didn’t come out until after Hollywood’s capture, and Hollywood’s attorney, James Blatt, said that besides illegally sharing confidential documents, Zonen sought to “burnish his own legacy,” creating a conflict of interest. While the high court didn’t see it that way, [ Justice Kathryn] Wedegar did use harsh words to describe Zonen’s behavior. “We find his acknowledged actions in turning over his case files without so much as an attempt to screen them for confidential information highly inappropriate and disturbing,” Wedegar wrote.“, https://web.archive.org/web/20150119173628/http://www.independent.com:80/news/2008/may/15/fictional-works-didnt-create-conflict-interest/
  11. SANTA BARBARA Independent, Off the Case, Sadler, Martha. 2006.11.17., retrieved 2017.09.21., „However, the justices ruled that his participation in the movie constituted an overzealous effort to capture Hollywood, who was still at large when Cassavetes approached Zonen. But Zonen’s efforts proved problematic. First, the movie — which has yet to be released even though Hollywood was captured in 2005 — turned out not to include even a photograph of the real Hollywood. Secondly, Zonen — by his own admission — handed over to the filmmakers confidential documents including rap sheets, witness phone numbers, and a psychiatric report. One of the filmmakers, Michael Mehan, discussed the case with Zonen after interviewing the witnesses, potentially violating the defense’s right to discovery of the same evidence to which the prosecutor is privy. Mehan then refused to give a declaration to Hollywood’s defense counsel for fear of putting Zonen in an awkward circumstance, and he also refused to turn over to the court the materials Zonen had given him.“ https://www.independent.com/news/2006/oct/11/off-the-case/
  12. USA TODAY, Deputy DA removed from Jesse James Hollywood murder case, 2006.05.10., retrieved 2017.09.25., „An appeals court on Thursday ordered a deputy district attorney removed from a high-profile death penalty case because the prosecutor had shared confidential files with movie producers. […] But the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Ventura said that only Ron Zonen, Santa Barbara County senior deputy district attorney, overstepped his authority when he served as a consultant for the film Alpha Dog, shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and based on the Markowitz killing […] Zonen’s „actions allowed ’show business‘ to cast an unseemly shadow over this case,“ wrote Presiding Judge Arthur Gilbert. „The prosecution of criminal cases and entertainment enterprises are best kept separate.“,  https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-10-05-jesse-james-hollywood_x.htm
  13. SANTA BARBARA Independent, Did Prosecutors Go Too Far in the Jesse James Hollywood Case? Supreme Court Goes Hollywood by Meagher, Chris, 2008.04.03., retrieved 2017.09.21., „Blatt described Zonen as being “seduced by the aphrodisiac of fame” and, more than once, suggested that Zonen broke the law through his actions, although there has been no court forum or evidence in which those allegations have been brought to the forefront.“ independent.com/2008/04/03/did-prosecutors-go-too-far-jesse-james-hollywood-case.
  14. SANTA BARBARA Independent, Guns, Violence, and Jesse James Hollywood – Alpha Dog Producer to Address Coalition Against Gun Violence, Meagher, Chris. 2008.04.17., retrieved 2017.09.21., „So when Nick had contacted him with possibly helping him with the movie, he was all for it because, at that point, he figured it was a great way to gain global exposure through a major motion picture. […] These guys were demonized in the five years that Hollywood was missing. A false scenario was created by law enforcement officials, including the prosecutors’ office through the mass media. I told Blatt [Anmerkung: Jesse James Hollywoods Verteidiger] that I would like to help him and I needed to talk to Zonen first. I called up Zonen and told him about Blatt, and Zonen was very angry with me. I felt as though I had somehow violated his confidence. [Zonen] wanted to bring the death penalty to Hollywood. But [I felt like] these are human beings who deserve a chance, who deserve life, who deserve respect, who deserve compassion, and that’s kind of where I come from.He also told me he was potentially facing criminal prosecution because in giving me the stuff and working with me on the movie and my book, he may have violated the law. So, on the one hand, if I cooperate with Blatt and testify, I could play a big part in saving a life, but my testimony could also be used to bring criminal charges against Zonen and the office. So I refused to testify.“ , https://www.independent.com/news/2008/apr/17/guns-violence-and-jesse-james-hollywood
  15. No Hollywood ending, 2008.04.17. by Chris Meagher, https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2007-jan-07-ca-alphadog7-story.html
  16.  SANTA BARBARA Independent, Guns, Violence, and Jesse James Hollywood – Alpha Dog Producer to Address Coalition Against Gun Violence, Meagher, Chris. 2008.04.17., retrieved 2017.09.21., „So when Nick had contacted him with possibly helping him with the movie, he was all for it because, at that point, he figured it was a great way to gain global exposure through a major motion picture. […] These guys were demonized in the five years that Hollywood was missing. A false scenario was created by law enforcement officials, including the prosecutors’ office through the mass media. I told Blatt [Anmerkung: Jesse James Hollywoods Verteidiger] that I would like to help him and I needed to talk to Zonen first. I called up Zonen and told him about Blatt, and Zonen was very angry with me. I felt as though I had somehow violated his confidence. : [Zonen] wanted to bring the death penalty to Hollywood. But [I felt like] these are human beings who deserve a chance, who deserve life, who deserve respect, who deserve compassion, and that’s kind of where I come from.He also told me he was potentially facing criminal prosecution because in giving me the stuff and working with me on the movie and my book, he may have violated the law. So, on the one hand, if I cooperate with Blatt and testify, I could play a big part in saving a life, but my testimony could also be used to bring criminal charges against Zonen and the office. So I refused to testify.“, independent.com/news/2008/apr/17/guns-violence-and-jesse-james-hollywood
  17. LA TIMES, No Hollywood ending, Piccalo, Gina. 2007.01.07., retrieved 2021.05.04. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2007-jan-07-ca-alphadog7-story.html   
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  19. SANTA BARBARA Independent, Did Prosecutors Go Too Far in the Jesse James Hollywood Case? – Supreme Court Goes Hollywood, Meagher, Chris. 2008.04.03., retrieved 2017.09.21., „(…) Perhaps Sanger said it best, in a nice summation of the reason the separate parties had gathered in court Tuesday: “We want people representing justice to do justice.”,, https://www.independent.com/2008/04/03/did-prosecutors-go-too-far-jesse-james-hollywood-case/
  20. LA TIMES, No Hollywood ending, Piccalo, Gina. 2007.01.07., retrieved 2017.09.26., „Jack Hollywood, Jesse’s father, became a close advisor to the film. So did Santa Barbara prosecutor Ronald J. Zonen, a 27-year veteran who had recently won convictions of Hollywood’s four friends. Those alliances proved tricky.[…] Zonen gave researcher Mehas invaluable access to everything from witness addresses and autopsy photos to interrogation footage and his trial notebook. But all that goodwill did not go unpunished. Mehas, who is also an anti-death-penalty criminal defense lawyer, came to see prosecutor Zonen’s tactics as „misleading“ and „ruthless.“ So a week after Hollywood’s capture, he offered Hollywood’s attorney James Blatt some helpful tips, including the fact that Zonen let him borrow confidential case files. That detail ultimately got Zonen booted from the case […] In affidavits, prosecutor Zonen comes across as a bumbling amateur, joking that he wanted to be portrayed in the film by „somebody really handsome,“ and so star-struck that he jeopardizes the very case he hoped to leave as his legacy. Zonen didn’t respond to calls for comment, but in an October 2005 affidavit he said that everything in the script comes from public record and that he cooperated with Cassavetes strictly in the interest of justice. „I saw this as the last opportunity to get the kind of widespread publicity necessary to locate defendant Hollywood and bring him to justice,“ he stated. Ultimately, the state court of appeals wrote that his action „allowed ’show business‘ to cast an unseemly shadow over this case.“ , https://articles.latimes.com/2007/jan/07/entertainment/ca-alphadog7
  21. SANTA BARBARA Independent, Unlawful Fiction?, Sadler, Martha. 2007.02.15., retrieved 2017.09.21., „[…] whileThe court also said that prosecutors in death penalty cases, such as Jesse James Hollywood’s, must be held to the highest standards of behavior. […] In October, the 2nd District Court of Appeal, Division 6, ruled that the defendants were unlikely to receive fair trials at the hands of these prosecutors and ordered the prosecutors recused from the cases. Instead of merely reassigning the cases to different attorneys, the DA’s office is fighting for the honor of its prosecutors […] . The court also said that prosecutors in death penalty cases, such as Hollywood’s, must be held to the highest standards of behavior. …. James Blatt, Hollywood’s attorney, argued that the rest of the office must have been aware of Zonen’s activities, and therefore the other prosecutors share Zonen’s willingness to treat Hollywood unfairly. …Zonen’s actions might make him subject to disciplinary action, Franklin acknowledged. However, the Court of Appeal did not discuss whether what it termed Zonen’s “overzealousness” constituted a conflict of interest. […]“, www.independent.com/news/2007/jan/04/unlawful-fiction/ 
  22. LA TIMES,  No Hollywood ending, Piccalo, Gina. 2007.01.07., retrieved2017.09.26., „[…] In affidavits, prosecutor Zonen comes across as a bumbling amateur, joking that he wanted to be portrayed in the film by „somebody really handsome,“ and so star-struck that he jeopardizes the very case he hoped to leave as his legacy. […] „I saw this as the last opportunity to get the kind of widespread publicity necessary to locate defendant Hollywood and bring him to justice,“ he stated. Ultimately, the state court of appeals wrote that his action „allowed ’show business‘ to cast an unseemly shadow over this case.“ ,  https://articles.latimes.com/2007/jan/07/entertainment/ca-alphadog7
  23. SANTA BARBARA Independent, Did Prosecutors Go Too Far in the Jesse James Hollywood Case? – Supreme Court Goes Hollywood, Meagher, Chris. 2008.04.03., retrieved 2017.09.21., „[…] Perhaps Sanger said it best, in a nice summation of the reason the separate parties had gathered in court Tuesday: “We want people representing justice to do justice.”
  24. LA Times,  Jesse Hollywood appeal turned down – The high court agrees that the ex-fugitive can get a fair trial in an infamous 2000 slaying., Savage, David G. 2008.10.21., retrieved 2017.09.21., „[…]Joshua Lynn, a deputy district attorney for Santa Barbara County, said […] he would be the lead prosecutor.„Ron Zonen is not on the case. We had to make sure we could proceed,“ Lynn said. „Legally, he would be permitted to be involved, but he is not a party to the case any longer.“ […]“, https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2008-oct-21-na-scotushollywood21-story.html and https://www.independent.com/2008/04/03/did-prosecutors-go-too-far-jesse-james-hollywood-case/
  25. Mesereau, Thomas, Transcript of the 2005 Harvard Law Seminar on Race and Justice: Question and Answer Session:, sanemjfan; 2005.11.29., retrieved 2017.09.26., Look, I am convinced that the prosecutors were very, very attracted to the idea of convicting the world’s greatest celebrity.”I’m convinced they were far more attracted to that than destroying a black person. These are three white prosecutors, OK? However, racism can exist on a unconscious or subconscious level as well as a conscious level. […] it it was the celebrity part that was most attracted to them. It was the celebrity part that was going to get them significant advantages as the prosecutors who took down Michael Jackson, the world’s greatest known entertainer.” […] this was a very mean spirited prosecution that had to attack everything about him: his sexuality, his finances, his music, his attire, they were willing to do anything.“, https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com, https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/transcript-of-the-2005-harvard-law-seminar-on-race-and-justice-part-4-q-a-session/
  26. Abrams, Dan, MSNBC on NBC NEWS – ‚The Abams Report‘ for July 21 , 2004.07.21., retrieved 2017.10.06., „Robert Matas of the national Canadian newspaper, “The Globe and Mail” attended a closed-door meeting of the National District Attorney‘s Association in Vancouver yesterday. There Sneddon lashed out at the media and offered some advice on how he‘s kept some people involved in the case from talking to the press. According to Matas, Sneddon said—quote—“We sent letters to some people saying we intended to call them as witnesses in order to keep them off TV. And Sneddon even said, we were able to get some lawyers, if not off, at least more restrained.”“[…] And he said he wanted the gag order to apply not just to the defense lawyers, but to the people that are involved on the defense team. The witnesses and anyone else who‘s going to comment with inside information, with the evidence, the contents that he wouldn‘t be able to respond to.“, nbcnews.com/id/5486873/ns/msnbc-about_msnbc_tv/t/abrams-report-july/
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  28. The Smoking Gun, „Michael Jackson’s $15 Million Payoff/Agreed to pay $15 million to settle boy’s 1993 sex abuse claim“, 2004.06.16., retrieved 2017.02.09, https://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/michael-jacksons-15-million-payoff

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