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Legislators back Polanski extradition, saying 'no one is above the law'

Fifteen California lawmakers have written a letter in support of the extradition of Roman Polanski to Los Angeles, saying the effort makes an important statement about the seriousness of domestic violence.

State Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) and the other legislators praised Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley for pursuing the case against Polanski, who more than 30 years ago fled the U.S. after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

"Like any other person, he should be returned to face sentencing as well as face his past,'' the letter to Cooley said. "Anything short of this undermines a fundamental premise that justice is blind and no one is above the law."

Romero, who wrote the letter, said Cooley's stance helps raise awareness of domestic abuse.

"Despite the debates about Mr. Polanski's extradition, I am struck by how magnanimous his victim was by her forgiveness of his crime against her and, certainly, her words will carry weight in a court of law. But, nonetheless, closure is expected and needed."

Polanski was arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, last month, where he was to attend a film festival. His attorneys are fighting extradition to the U.S. Swiss officials have rejected Polanski's request for bail.

-- Shelby Grad

 
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Polanski's case was not domestic abuse. He pre-meditated and raped a 13 year old girl after pushing alcohol and drugs on her following your typical "hollywood" promise of fame and fortune. He later pled guilty to an almost innocuous sounding "sexual intercouse with a minor" infraction. Unfortunately, domestic violence is so common that the public at large views it as nothing more than a marital spat and thanks to Senator Romero's legislation, the seriousness of this collective social tragedy is becoming more of a priority. But the entrapment and violation of a 13 year old should not be confused with domestic violence which downplays the actual crime here - RAPE! Will those animals that raped that 15 yr. old girl in Richmond be charged with domestic violence?

i can't believe this man is a survivor of a nazi concentration camp from world war 2 and did this to a minor... some people never learn no matter what they go thru in life.....mankind is unexpected......

Who are the others?

HE GOT A THIRHTEEN YEAR OLD DRUNK, DRUGED, TOOK EXPLICIT PICTURES AND THEN SODOMIZED HER. THEN TOLD HER IT BE THEIR LITTLE SECRET. PUT THIS CHILD PREDETOR IN A CAGE FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE!

Whatever one thinks about Polanski, the solution is clear. Show up for your day in court, just like everyone else. His supporters can cite all of the supposed misconduct in the world, but seeing as it is all heresay, it means nothing. Besides, whatever crime he may or may not have committed thirty years ago, no one can deny that leaving the country after posting bail and promising to show up in court is a crime, and for that alone, Polanski must come and face justice. He has only himself to blame that this has gone on for so long.

The victim's wortds should carry zero weight in the court unless the settlement agreement with Polanski is also presented to the court. If he paid her half a million dollars to advocate on his behalf (as it appears he did), he should be charged with witness tampering.

The crime of drugging, raping and sodomizing a 13 year old girl against her will is an outrage against every citizen. Polanski got away with plenty, and needs to be prosecuted for his subsequent crime of fleeing justice (if not more).

The victims voice will carry no weight in court. He was already found guilty.

The Rapist is so stupid. He would have already been set free had he just come out and face the Judge.

This is simply political grand-standing at its WORST! State legislators have NOTHING to do with the prosecution of this case and the attempt to jump on the hoopla-hype band wagon is yet another example of sleazy politicians doing anything to get their name(s) before the electorate...

Is it so difficult to list the 14 other legislators??

It's about time. This pedophile needs to go to jail. The guy does not get a pass because he's famous.

Good, because these lawmakers see the ugly side of rape and if this guy is given a pass, so should every other rapist get a pass! NO PASSES ALLOWED.

Too bad it has taken so long.

Sleazy Politicians? Not even one-one-hundredth of a percentage sleazier than Polanski. Read the transcript of what he did to this poor girl and try saying that again.

So.... who are the legislators? How about a link to the letter if it's public?

How about writing this article when there are names attached to it?

Domestic abuse? Good God, it was child rape pure and simple. He drugged and sodomized a child and admitted to having done so. The pervert belongs in the slammer. Case closed.

Senator Romero should have spent her time proposing legislation to eliminate the Statute of Limitations when it deals with the sexual abuse of children. Also, someone needs the ask Mr. Cooley if he plans to talk with Cardinal Mahoney and his legal representatives about the lies he's accused of telling by one of his inner circle.

What a bunch of insipid hypocrites. Why don't they go after the real criminals in this country (like Bush and, even more so, Cheney - who are responsible for many innocent deaths)?

There is no question Polanski did something wrong, but he did not kill anyone. He owned up to it and was punished (per the agreement that was made) and then, through VERIFIED judicial misconduct, was faced with the prospect of additional punishment. So he left (as would any sane person).

Justice is not, and has never been, blind in this country. The sad fact is that it is pushed whichever way the strongest political wind blows and in many cases is truly a function of political expediency.

That is the sad, awful truth.

ccording to this article California State lawmaker Gloria Romero and other legislators have written a letter in support of the extradition of Roman Polanski to Los Angeles, saying the effort makes an important statement about the seriousness of domestic violence.

I am sure California State Lawmaker Gloria Romero’s heart is in the right place. Perhaps she should focus more on California Official, Police and Judicial cover up of sexual assault in California as official cover up of sexual assault in California’s High Schools, & Universities is far more insidious, and potentially deadly. Also in California people seem to care so little about sexual assault they won't even pick up a phone to call the police when it is staring them in the face.

Also Gloria Romero is misrepresenting the totality of the circumstances.
Roman Polanski did not flee from punishment as he served 42 days of his prison term and it was Chino prison officials that let Polanski out and said that he should have no further prison time.

It is not true that Roman Polanski flew away from Santa Monica California to escape punishment because he had already returned to America from Europe once to comply with Judge Laurence J. Rittenband and served 42 days.

We do know that Roman Polanski served his sentence at Chino of 42 days, and
if we believe that Roman Polanski would have completed his sentence if Roman Polanski had not run into Injustice and illegal coercion by County of Los Angeles Santa Monica Judge Laurence J. Rittenband

then it follows that Roman Polanski’s flight from Los Angeles is not only being misunderstood but is ALSO BEING MISREPRESENTED BY CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS who want to scape goat Roman Polanski, to quench their thirst for power!!!!

Remember Nina Simone who sang “But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good: Oh Lord! Please don't let me be misunderstood ...” This could be Polanski's words.

Polanski’s flight from Los Angeles was not so much about avoiding punishment but was more TO NOT BE FORCED INTO ACCEPTING INJUSTICE, where he was being illegally coerced into agreeing to deportation and mistreated in the County of Los Angeles Santa Monica Courthouse by Judge Rittenband who was not giving Polanski Due Process and was taking Polanski’s civil rights away.

In one sense Roman Polanski can be considered a hero in the face of Injustice because he did not give in.

In not caving in to INJUSTICE at County of Los Angeles Santa Monica Courthouse, his plight has brought World attention to INJUSTICE AT SANTA MONICA COURTHOUSE, with the wonderful dedicated & expert assistance of Marina Zenovich and everyone else who made the documentary movie, Polanski: Wanted and Desired, and the honesty of lawyers Douglas Dalton, Roger Gunson, and even David Wells as well.

Personally, I think legislators' support of his extradition is politically motivated and a pragmatic waste of money. Given Polanki's victim's refusal to cooperate and desire for this to be dropped, this is a lose-lose proposition for everyone. His actions may be indefensible but we must be realistic about the chances of justice being served: Virtually nil.

Put the millions we'll spend on Polanski's extradition into present-day abuse prosecutions. Depriving today's children of justice for a famous fugitive is victimizing them all over again.

In response to Ramon's comment "The Rapist is so stupid. He would have already been set free had he just come out and face the Judge."

There are different ways of looking at things.

As far as I can see - Polanksi did not crumble in the face of Injustice at Santa Monica Courthouse, which he would have had to do -if he accepted being illegally coerced by the Judge into throwing away his rights to dispute deportation. Instead he flew away not from a reasonable punishment, but from a Judge who wanted to give him an illegal punishment.

Polanski's stand against Injustice is heroic and the People of California should be grateful to Roman Polanski for holding out against Injustice at Los Angeles County Santa Monica Courthouse, and to Marina Zenovich for being able to prove the Injustice in her Movie Polanski: Wanted & Desired.

Legislators...is it agreed that no one is above the law...
now it is time for you to also go after public court employees who undermine justice and sabatoge the Constitution , state and federal laws...
the adminstration of justice must be fair and accurate and held upmost
to the public trust...
legislators ...you have public funded court employees who cover up for other court employees crimes when they are public funded paid to expose and correct ...
immediate oversight is needed for the public's safety from crooked court employees so as to correct injustice immediately before anyone is wrongly , falsely , and corruptly convicted to lose their freedom .

noman polanski can get freeked. i hope he is very uncomfortable where he is right. oh yeah! to hell with hollywood.

The People of California and the World should be extremely grateful to Roman Polanski for holding out against Injustice he was facing at Santa Monica Courthouse.

If Roman Polanski hadn't held out against injustice we would be in the dark about Injustice occurring at Santa Monica Courthouse.

BUT FOR POLANSKI'S ACTION - THE INJUSTICE AT COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES SANTA MONICA COURTHOUSE - WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE VISIBLE AND WOULD HAVE REMAINED INVISIBLE AND COVERED UP.

If the Injustice remained under wraps and invisible - then no steps would ever be taken to rectify the Injustice that is occurring against the World's people in the County of Los Angeles Santa Monica Courthouse.

If Polanski had let himself be compromised by Injustice, and had given in to Injustice - then Injustice will continue to flourish in Santa Monica County of Los Angeles Courthouse with a Justice that is a bully and a Justice that is not blind.

So bottom line INJUSTICE

NO ONE SHOULD BE ABUSED OR HAVE THEIR RIGHTS TO DISPUTE DEPORTATION TAKEN FROM THEM UNDER THE COLOR OF CALIFORNIA STATE LAW - AND THAT INCLUDES ROMAN POLANSKI

There is more than one chief argument for Roman Polanski to be set free as soon as possible.

Samantha Geimer the victim has said repeatedly that she doesn't want Polanski prosecuted. This is what she wanted 32 years ago when she and her lawyer and her mother agreed to the plea bargain agreement.

Los Angeles is persecuting this great artist, a Holocaust survivor who lost his mom and unborn sibling to the Nazi Concentration Camps.

Then after surviving his childhood, the Los Angeles press persecuted Polanksi again in the 1960's after his American family were stabbed to death by A CALIFORNIA TEENAGE GIRL SUSAN ATKINS, and others of the "MANSON" family while he was in Europe.

Now to start this case up again after 32 years is extremely disturbing . And many are wondering whether Los Angeles has gone completely insane.

It is also known that Roman Polanski, is not a continuing danger to others as 32 years have gone by and no-one at all in the world has complained.

However what is not known is if the Santa Monica Courthouse will be a threat to others in the future - with abusive process and illegal Judicial Conduct.

Let's get this straight - Roman Polanski served 42 days 32 years ago. And Roman Polanski did not flee his punishment - he flew in the face of Injustice - the metaphoric rape on him by Judge Laurence R Rittenband, in the County of Los Angeles Santa Monica Courthouse who acted illegally when the Judge wanted to eviscerate Roman Polanski's rights to fight deportation.

Two Rapes don't make a right and People of California as well as the rest of the World should be extremely grateful to Roman Polanski for holding out against Injustice against him in Calfifornia.

In that sense Roman Polanski is a hero by not caving in to Injustice, regardless of his alleged crime.

If Roman Polanski hadn't held out against injustice we would ALL be in the dark about the metaphoric rape against Polanski that was occurring against him at Santa Monica Courthouse because of Judge Rittenband.

AND SO BUT FOR POLANSKI'S ACTION TO FLY AWAY FROM INJUSTICE - THE INJUSTICE AT SANTA MONICA COURTHOUSE - WOULD HAVE REMAINED INVISIBLE & COVERED UP.

IF INJUSTICE IS ALLOWED TO REMAIN UNDER WRAPS AND INVISIBLE TO OTHERS - THEN NO STEPS WILL BE TAKEN TO RECTIFY INJUSTICE OCCURING IN THE SANTA MONICA COURTHOUSE.

It takes a brave person to stand up to the might of Injustice, and Polanski has stood his ground for 32 years. Polanski is still standing his ground even now in Switzerland.

If Polanski had allowed himself be compromised by Injustice, and had given in to the Judge's Injustice - then we would never have known and Injustice will continue to flourish in Santa Monica County of Los Angeles Courthouse with a Justice that is a bully, and a Justice that is not blind.

Los Angeles Prosecutors ignored Polanski for 32 years because it was a terrible case in which the prosecutor's office and Judge Rittenband, in the interest of getting publicity for themselves, had conducted themselves in all variety of dubious ways. But recently a documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, came out detailing all this dubiousness.

So the only motivation for going after Polanski now, is not about sexual assault 32 years ago.

The motivation as it is so often is with prosecutors, is revenge—Polanski and this film makes the Los Angeles District Attorneys office and the County of Los Angeles Santa Monica Courthouse look bad by uncovering the staged hearings and the injustice against Polanski.


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