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U.S. court will hear Polanski's appeal on sexual assault case [Updated]

The California 2nd District Court of Appeal will hear arguments Dec. 10 on Roman Polanski's efforts to get his sexual assault case dismissed.

Polanski last year asked an L.A. Superior Court judge to dismiss the three-decade-old case, in which the director pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl at the home of Jack Nicholson. But the judge refused.

Polanski fled the U.S. in 1978, just before he was scheduled to be sentenced. He refused to come to the U.S. to fight for the dismissal of the charges.

Amid the court battle, Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on a warrant related to the sexual assault. He's now in a Zurich prison and is vowing to fight extradition back to L.A., where Swiss authorities said he'd face up to two  years in prison.

Polanski has three times asked for bail, but Swiss authorities have rejected his requests, saying he poses a flight risk.

-- Shelby Grad


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As a Christian, I strive diligently not to judge others, lest I be judged by my own standards. Therefore, I sincerely pray that the California 2nd District Court of Appeal does right by God when hearing Polanski's appeal to dismiss the sexual assault case. In Jesus' name, Amen.

How did this become a federal case? What are the federal issues invovled in his appeal? Does this mean he's not coming back to Superior Court?

Does the LA Times have any info on this, or what?

If Mr. Polanski wants to address his conviction he should do so from within the United States. This situation has dragged on as long as it has only because of his refusal to accept the consequences of his actions.

Bad boy, bad boy, whatcha' gonna do?
Whatcha' gonna do when they come for you?

The Court of Appeals is a District Court of the California Supreme Court not the Federal bench. If this guy weren't the new flag waving cause for the neurotic Hollywood left - he'd be on his way to the gallows.

clearly Roman Polanski is "reformed", and thus this case should be thrown out.
also if you do the research you will see he was abused by the california legal system. he pleaded guilty, served his time, then the judge changed his mind.
so he fled. and for 32 years he's been an upstanding citizen. so why waste more tax dollars, and embarrass the U.S. in the eyes of the world, by harassing this guy. I hope this new appeal is looked upon favorably and the case thrown out.

This scumbag drugged and raped a 13 year old girl...which he already admitted doing. I don't understand all the support for this guy! He needs to man-up and face what he did and do his time. To all you Polanski supporters, he raped a 13 year old girl who was someone's daughter and granddaughter. Should we give a free pass to all the child rapists out there????

Polanski is going to get passed around like currency in prison. Serves this sick pervert right.

Hope my faith in the justice system will get this guy the sentence he deserves, not the hollywood justice sentence that California is known for.

What everyone seems to forget about (or ignore) is that he still faces charges for his "Escape" from California. He is still facing charges for being a "Fleeing Felon."

a man just recently got 20 years for having consentual sex with a 14 year old. why is Roman Polanski only facing 2 after raping a girl (in the anus, ejaculated in her anus) and then running from the law and living the life of luxury for 30 or 40 years?!

If LA doesn't get this rapist behind bars then its obvious that money and fame get you a free pass in ours and european society.

The California 2nd District Court of Appeal is a state appellate court, not a federal one.

It's the intermediate state appellate court for the L.A. area. My heart leapt when I read "U.S. court," fearing his lawyers sought some habeas corpus writ from the very liberal, pro-criminal, federal appellate court for the California region.

I suppose when you have money to pay for capable attorneys then strategies and tactics come into play on a level most people do not experience.

I cannot understand how ANYONE could pray to thier God let alone Jesus Christ that a SODOMITE be found innocent?!? That is Wacky-Christianity that leaves me scratching my head....He CONFESSED to having SEX and SODOMIZING a THIRTEEN year old girl after he gave her DRUGS...Thanks John L.Mendez for making Christians look wackier than they already are often portrayed...

He wrote a book in which he DETAILED what he did, in other words he PUBLISHED a confession and made money on it while evading punishment for his DEVIANT behavior. I don't understand people who think this is not such a big deal - if he was not Roman Polanski he would have already been arrested a long,long time ago.

He needs to go to prison, if for no other reason than for the fact that no one - no matter how much money you have, no matter how talented you are, no matter how much people like you - is above the law.

Do the crime do the time..

If Polanski should go to jail for "raping" a "child", so should her mother, because of endangering her by letting the underage child take part in the porno-photo shooting. If I ever let my child to be photographed naked or in any other way by a hollywood playboy, may I go to jail too. The same thing is when you as a parent go to jail, because you didn`t "notice" that your child was being raped continuously throughout the years by somebody. It`s called complicity and a mother was his complice.

Why is he delaying his sentencing, this only punishes the victim and the family involved, also he is punishing his own family by not putting this matter to rest. Roman should stop listening to his lawyer and spend his time in jail. It is time to move on.

If the California justice system fails on this one I hope there is some serious backlash. It is one thing to let Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan walk away from jail time, which was pathetic enough, but to let a child rapist go free is another matter. They need to make an example out of that pedophile!

I don't know which is worse - the self centered Santa Monica Judge, and his illegal manouevers.

Or the self satisfied, holier than thou people who distort the truth, and although imperfect themselves clamor for blood like Vampires

Or the online press that do a great disservice by leaving out details such as a teenage girl Susan Atkins murdered Polanski's American Family thus twisting the truth of what this man has had to endure in America.

Or some of the people who are leaving their comment without knowing all the facts, and who pass judgment -

or those who couldn't care less about knowing - but who nevertheless pass judgment -

like wind

I hope this guy gets like 5 years for the crime should be more , but people I guess dont care so much when people anally rape our children to imprison them longer.

Then I hope he gets another 20 years for being a fugitive of the law.

He has no chance of escaping , it has gone beyond him and the case. There is no way that any court would not allow him to go behind bars the American people would not allow it . It would cause a riot and LA does not want another riot thats for sure , I think they learned their lesson last time when a celebrity got off .

This comment is for JIMBO and other people who still don't
know it :

Jimbo said five years ?
And if the people who have to testify AGAINST the director
can't remember all the facts straight , then Roman is going
to be released.
And WHO can remember what happened in march 1977 like it
happened only yesterday ?
WITH THIS , and that is the only right thing to do.

My daughter was raped and murdered.
I Wish she was Roman Polanski's victim.
Then at least i would still have my daughter.
But most people don't understand (or DON'T WANT TO UNDER-
STAND) my point of view.

Whatever happened with America's MOST FAMOUS WORDS :

"Everybody's entitled to one big mistake"

Now you probably say Roman Polanski made TWO BIG MISTAKES ,

Sex with a minor and his escape to Europe.

But , guess what ?


Sex with a minor is his ONE BIG MISTAKE.
The escape is part of that mistake , because he wouldn't
have escaped if their was no sex with a minor.

So , Roman Polanski's one big mistake is POINT 1 A and
1 B.

But Polanski is not forgiven for his mistake.
That means that America can no longer use those words
("Everyone's entitled to one big mistake") , because it
counts for EVERYBODY (Including Roman Polanski) or it
doesn't count at all , FOR NOBODY.

And the people wish the worst for Roman Polanski are much
less of a human being than Polanski himself.

Amen, John. Good to know there are still some people who know what Jesus really stood for.


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