Roman Polanski, California still wants to see you in court
A California state appellate court said unanimously Monday that a lower court didn't make a mistake a year ago when it ruled that then-fugitive Polanski had to surrender himself to U.S. authorities before he would be able to proceed with his allegations of backroom dealings and other improprieties by the original trial judge, now deceased, and a prosecutor.
The grand jury had originally indicted him on six counts: furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, lewd and lascivious act upon child under 14, perversion, sodomy, unlawful sexual intercourse and rape by use of drugs.
Polanski fled the country before he was sentenced.
The judge who wrote today's decision said, "We do not disregard the extremely serious allegations of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct that have been brought forward, but urge the parties to take steps to investigate and to respond to the claims."
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Roman Polanski in Berlin on Oct. 11, 2006, attending the musical "Dance of the Vampires." Credit: Jens Kalaene / EPA
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