Jesse James Hollywood Trial Coverage
L.A. Observed has flagged for reader consideration Natasha Vargas-Cooper's courtroom coverage of Santa Barbara's
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"Trials are terrible things in that they bring people together," she writes. "This past Friday, in the afternoon, Jack Hollywood, a brawny man in billowy khaki pants and dark sunglasses, stood in the sun at the top of the Santa Barbara courthouse stairs. His son is accused of kidnapping and ordering the murder of the son of Jeff Markowitz--who stood at the foot of the stairs. The two men stood and looked beyond each other for roughly ten minutes."
Jesse James Hollywood was the ringleader of a gang of bored, comfortable youths, who, in 2000, he allegedly directed to kidnap and kill Nicholas Markowitz as payback for a drug debt owed to Hollywood by Nick's older brother, Ben. The story was told in Nick Cassavetes' film Alpha Dog. To assist with the production, a deputy D.A. handed over to Cassavetes his entire file on Hollywood, which ultimately led to the state supreme court having to intervene in the case. Hollywood, who eluded capture for years, was arrested in Brazil in 2005 and extradited to America.