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Exclusive: Prosecutor in Gibson Case Removed

8/7/2006 10:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned the prosecutor who filed DUI charges against Mel Gibson has been removed from the case.

Ralph Shapiro, the Deputy in Charge at the Malibu branch of the D.A.'s office, has been taken off the case. The new deputy D.A. is Gina Satriano, who is currently handling the case against Rodney Alcala, accused of mass murder. In the past, Satriano prosecuted Courtney Love for assault.

We're told the switch occurred late last week. TMZ contacted D.A. Spokesperson Sandi Gibbons, who said the switch "was not the least bit unusual." Gibbons added that supervisors routinely file cases and then are replaced by trial deputies.

TMZ noted four cases to Gibbons in which the Deputy in Charge personally handled a high-profile case -- Shapiro's predecessor in Malibu, Lonnie Peterson, handled cases against Nick Nolte, Nicole Richie. Deputies in Charge also handled cases against Zsa Zsa Gabor and the accused killer of model Linda Sobek. Gibbons responded by saying those were "four cases out of tens of thousands of cases," repeating that it is typical to give cases to "experienced trial lawyers."

Shapiro, who is Jewish, could not be reached for comment. As TMZ first reported, Gibson hurled several anti-semitic comments at the arresting deputy, though the comments are not the basis of the prosecution's case.

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46.

Sly    

Shame on you TMZ for pointing out that the new prosecutor is Jewish. Why does that make a difference? You people are just as bad as the person you're pointing fingers at!

2909 days ago
47.

tk    

Maybe you self-righteous folks out there railing on Mel should follow the example of the officer that arrested him....a truly good man (who happens to be Jewish) who took no personal offense to Mel's rantings....he knew what was going on...Mel was just a drunken slob.

2909 days ago
48.

tk    

TO: Nina, #22
Anne, #30

YES, YES, YES!!! Harvey has really blown this incident out of proportion just to get free publicity........his actions are WORSE than Mel's.

2909 days ago
49.

lala    

mel and his "comments" , Janet and her breast.
it just goes on and on.

2909 days ago
50.

saphyr    

Wonder what is this website and Mr Levin real agenda here ?
Nobody's asking ?

2909 days ago
51.

Lisa    

#52 I think it's an old fashion witch hunt. Every since he made the Passion I think some people have just been waiting for him to make a mistake, and he did, a big one.

Noone expected the Passion to make the money it did, all of a sudden this actor/ director made one of the highest grossing movies ever without Hollywood.

Jealousy and Envy is the root of all evil.

Forever a Devoted Mel Gibson Fan.

2909 days ago
52.

Try This    

I love Mel Gibson more than ever now!!!

I don't care if he makes a movie about paint drying -- I'm going to see it!!! Just to SUPPORT MEL GIBSON!

2909 days ago
53.

Try This    

More people feel the same way that Mel Gibson does, than anyone realizes...
(You're just making us LOVE HIM MORE!!!)
Keep up the good work Mel honey!!

2909 days ago
54.

Try This    

I LOVE MEL GIBSON!!! I LOVE MEL GIBSON!!! I LOVE MEL GIBSON!!!
LOVE YOU MEL HONEY!!

2909 days ago
55.

EnoughAlready    

Lisa...Dimples...LaLa...Christina...

What a sad bunch of jesus crispy frustrated middle aged house wives you freaks are. The man is a drunken egocentric actor, NOT someone who should be listened to or idolized. Get a life people.

He should be convicted of DWI, but will more than likely buy his way out of it...what a sad place this country has become...

2909 days ago
56.

kathryn    

I don't care if he hates Jews. That's between him & God. BUT, I am a firm believer in WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND. Be ready Mel!

2909 days ago
57.

Try This    

To: Lou -- you smelly creep! i am almost 23. that's not middle-aged. dumbass.

I cannot wait to see his new movie! more people love him now than ever before! you have no idea how many people agree with Mel, dumbass...

2909 days ago
58.

Lisa    

Lou your posting about Mel, so I guess that means you need to get a life too!

Aint if funny how you just lumped a group of women together and stereotyped us. Did you just pass judgement without even knowing who we are? Shame on you someone might call you Mel!

Forever A Devoted Mel Gibson Fan

2909 days ago
59.

EnoughAlready    

Lisa...
Get a life...because, ass-munch, you are idolizing a drunken ego-maniac who should, by rights, be in jail...on his way to prison.

“Aint if funny how you just.....” ...Moron...

LaLa...
You nicknamed yourself after a teletubby...WHO would BOTHER to care what you think? 23?? Shocker!

“more people love him now than ever before!” What, now that he was so incredibly selfish that he drove while he was trashed...putting everyone on the road in danger?? Well, these “more people” are just as big of a waste of oxygen as you are. Loser.

2909 days ago
60.

EnoughAlready    

God dammit! No wonder celebrities have that “Holier than thou” “I own Malibu” attitude!

With people like you little “Mel Fan forever”’s walking around with those blinders on, they never have to suffer the consequences of their stupidity.

Grow up.

2909 days ago
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