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Roman Polanski's legal team distances him from French attorneys

Roman Polanski’s Los Angeles legal team sought to distance the jailed filmmaker today from French attorneys who have given media interviews on behalf of the Academy Award winner.

The comments to the media “were not authorized by Mr. Polanski. The French lawyers do not represent him in the case and do not speak for him about it,” the California attorneys handling the director’s 1977 child sex case said in a written statement.

The statement did not name the unauthorized lawyers, but it came the same day that the French daily Le Figaro published an interview with Parisian lawyer Herve Temime. In the interview, Temime was identified as Polanski’s attorney and said the director, who is being held in Switzerland, would never voluntarily agree to extradition to the United States and had not received a fair trial in Los Angeles.

L.A. attorneys Bart Dalton, Doug Dalton and Chad Hummel wrote, “Any statements made in the press to the effect that Mr. Polanski will not accept lawful orders of the courts, including relating to extradition, are not true.”

Polanski was charged with rape and other crimes after a 13-year-old girl accused him of sexually assaulting her during a photo shoot. He pleaded guilty to a single count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in exchange for prosecutors dropping the other charges and spent 42 days in prison.

He fled to Europe on the eve of sentencing after his lawyer told him the judge intended to make him serve additional prison time.

Polanski, 76, was arrested in Zurich in September. The U.S. request to extradite him to L.A. for sentencing is pending before a Swiss court, and next month a California appellate court is to hear his request for a complete dismissal of charges on the grounds of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct.

-- Harriet Ryan

 
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Right. Nice try at damage control, however it's completely unconvincing to say Temime is misrepresenting RP's attitude, because otherwise Polanski would already have been here on Sept 27th.

There is a lot of Judicial Misconduct in Santa Monica Courthouse and it is not only in the Roman Polanski case. When it suits the needs of local governmental units then Police and more Police and Judges cover up police misconduct in staged court proceedings where there are undocumented white sheriff deputies who beat up the victim of sexual assault so there is a double standard being applied to Roman Polanski and he should have his 32 year old case dismissed as that courthouse Judge was corrupt in his dealings, and he had already served his time.

Roman Polanski's life spanning 76 years - gives us all an example of how a bad Government takes away liberty, and then how freedom can be won -then lost over time.

Roman Polanski by necessity ran away from a very bad government early on in his life, his father told him to, and if not - he would surely - have perished like his mother and sibling did.

Decades later Roman Polanski faced another bad government in the Santa Monica Courthouse, California.

Crime or no crime, County of Los Angeles Judge Laurence J. Rittenband was about to RAILROAD Roman Polanski into involuntary deportation through threatening him with indeterminate prison time – despite the fact that Roman Polanski had already served the original non-appealable prison term. And no further prison time had been recommended.

When it became clear to Roman Polanski that the Santa Monica Judge was about to break his promise, and that he wanted to take Polanski’s freedom away again for an indeterminate time...until he agreed to deportation, Polanski had no other alternative but to flee. Polanski did not flee from punishment – he was fleeing unjust punishment.

Running away from danger and unjust punishment, was a necessity that started early on in Roman Polanski's life.

Regardless of which side of the Atlantic – running away from DANGER & INJUSTICE became his MOTIF - HIS ROSEBUD

Roman Polanski better not shoot the French lawyers in the foot because he may need them if the Swiss government caves in and allows Polanski bail . . . they must realize he will retire in luxury to his Swiss chalet and await the French attorneys slipping in to whisk him away to France where he will not be extradited. I pray the Swiss stand strong and say "no", a word not familiar to Polanski when it comes to young girls. To read that his immediate family is very distressed makes me laugh. His wife knew when she married Polanski he was a rapist of children, a sodomizer of children, he fed alcohol and drugs to a child in his quest to have sex with a young girl . . . sex that is really RAPE. Polanski's children need to know their father for what he is . . . a criminal who fled sentencing for the crime of rape and sodomizing a child. Rape is rape. Period. Bring Polanski back to U.S. soil and give him his day in court. Do not give him time to regroup in his Swiss home trying to figure out his escape from the hands of the U.S. Thank you, Switzerland!

Polanski never runs out of innovative ideas to keep his pwrson out of the US Courts. He is not used to being held accountable for his actions. He still thinks big money will extract him from facing the music. He still thumbs his nose at the US Judicial system.

S Naille says
"Polanski did not flee from punishment – he was fleeing unjust punishment."

hahaha

Hilarious thinking about the perpetrator and confessed felon being the one to determine what a just punishment is.

Lin Mckay sounds cruel for laughing at a family in distress.

The victim has forgiven Polanski and that says alot. The victim Samantha Geimer is being victimized by the Los Angeles prosecutors and this case now.

I think California needs to dismiss the Polanski case and put this matter to rest forever - it has no honest purpose at this point. There were staged hearings and Judicial and Prosecutorial corruption, and Polanski has already served his time in January 1978.

I think the attorneys have misunderstood one another. The French lawyer is saying Polanski is asserting his right to oppose extradition. The American lawyers are concerned it could be misread as "if he's released on bail, and is subsequently ordered extradited, he will not comply."

Lin McKay's comments are typical screeching nonsense (Green2408 and Norm Silver fare no better). Polanski is NOT "a criminal who fled sentencing for the crime of rape and sodomizing a child." As she well knows, the Los Angeles D.A.'s office withdrew the other charges which absolved Polanski of criminal liability in them. A person is only guilty of what he's been convicted of or has pled guilty to. Therefore Polanski is only guilty of having sex with a minor (and fleeing). And how do we know Polanski is guilty of the other withdrawn charges? Because the girl said so? True, she's never recanted her testimony, but she's also never been cross-examined.

And the girl was a teenager, not a child. (sigh)

Obviously, Polanski is guilty, he admitted doing the crime himself, and boasted he would do it again.

What i find fascinating is how a really rich person can exploit legal systems on two continents.

So, just to be clear, his own lawyer says he'll never voluntarily return to the US. Can we now conclude any discussion about bail, or about the California appeals court dismissing his case?

This smirking sociopath really does think he can thumb his nose at the world, and buy his way out of anything. Lets hope the courts of Switzerland and california finally prove him wrong.

JNY . . . a teen-ager 31 years ago is very different than a teen-ager today, still very much a child back then and she was barely in her teens, a few months into age 13. I have read the grand jury report, the girl's testimony, report of medical professionals and they all say the same thing . . . the girl, at only 13, was raped. Period. She was sodomized. Period. The medical reports show she was given medication and alcohol by Polanski. Polanski never denied these charges but as everyone in the legal field knows, a plea deal is the best route to go if there is any chance you are guilty and the jury will likely find against the suspect. If you read in-depth statement Polanski made back then, he said there was nothing wrong with sex with a young girl . . . Roman Polanski is one sick man and a pedophile. Period. How would you feel, JNY, if this was your young daughter, your sister, your friend's child . . . would it be okay for some older man to rape and sodomize that child? The victim can be left out of future court appearances if the LA prosecutor's just use the charge of fleeing the country before sentencing to avoid a long sentence. I can't blame the victim for wanting this to go away, it disrupts her life . . . again. The bottom line Polanski should not feel that he can get away with such a horrific crime because he is a famous person. Laws are laws and when broken you face justice. It is time for Polanski to face his justice. He has had more than three decades of freedom. Has the victim really been able to put this behind her? We likely will never know.

THREE GENERATIONS MURDERED AND TWO GENERATIONS - MURDERED BY SOME OF CALIFORNIA'S FINEST.

IN ADDITION CALIFORNIA JUSTICE IS GOING TO THROW THE BOOK AT THE MAN FOR HAVING CONSENSUAL SEX - AFTER THREE GENERATIONS OF POLANSKI'S FAMILY HAD BEEN MURDERED

TALK ABOUT DISCRIMINATION AND A LACK OF COMPASSION IN THE POLANSKI CASE.


THE NON AMERICAN BORN POLANSKI MUST WALK ON EGG SHELLS IN CALIFORNIA - BETTER NO SEX FOR POLANSKI IN CALIFORNIA BECAUSE THE GIRL HOISTED ONTO HIM BY HER MOTHER - MIGHT TURN OUT TO BE UNDERAGE


TWO THUMBS DOWN TO CALIFORNIA INJUSTICE IN THE POLANSKI CASE

IT IS NOT TRUE THAT HE HAS BEEN TREATED LIKE EVERYONE ELSE - AND HE NEVER WILL BE

So now the Swiss court has offered bail, and the Swiss Justice Ministry is deciding whether to appeal that. Strangely, everyone but the LA Times has this story by 8 AM PST.

Let's hope they get this settled, if only so we don't have to read any more of these ridiculous weepy defenses of poor Roman and his flight from injustice by Green2408. The guy raped a child, and fled from justice. If he thought he wasn't going to get a fair deal, he could have done then what he's doing now, use the courts. Instead he committed another crime by running.

Get him back here and give him real justice: something like a prison sentence equal to the years he spent running from the law.

Polanski was awarded $4.5m bail. Just goes to prove that with enough money you can get away with anything. Sickening.

Need something cleared up.

Did Mr. Polanski serve a 42 day prison sentence, or was that a 5150, an involuntary psychiatric hold?

Michael K., you are correct, he never served any time in jail. Because this offense involved a girl under the age of 14, there was a mandatory that MDSO proceeding, involving a psychiatric evaluation at a secure hospital. He was released to work on a film after 42 days.


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