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L.A. court takes up Roman Polanski sex case today

Polanski A judge will again take up the case of Roman Polanski, two weeks after a state appellate court proposed a way to bring the three-decade-long legal saga to a close.

Polanski’s lawyers and prosecutors are to appear before Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza today, but the subject of the proceeding was unclear. Court officials described the hearing only as a status conference.

A spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney’s office said the filmmaker’s lawyers requested a meeting with Espinoza, the supervising judge of the criminal division.

In a decision last month, three justices of the 2nd District Court of Appeal refused to throw out the case but suggested that sentencing Polanski in absentia would allow for a full airing of the director’s allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct without requiring the 76-year-old director to return to the United States.

Polanski remains under house arrest at his Swiss chalet while courts weigh an American extradition request.

In 1977 a 13-year-old girl told police that Polanski raped and sodomized her during a photo shoot. He pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor but fled to Europe before his 1978 sentencing.

Swiss authorities arrested him in September as he arrived in Zurich for a film festival.

-- Harriet Ryan

Photo: Movie director Roman Polanksi. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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What a misdirection of attention and waste of CA taxpayers money. Does our police and legal system have no other more important case, nothing more pressing, nothing more justified to spend money on than this. It could have been wrapped up very quickly. Or is this just about press at our expense.

By the way sodomized is a "hot" word with alot of feelings around it, but opposite-gender and same-gender couples do this very thing all the time. Just saying rape would have been enough.

I don't understand why there is so much support to forgive and forget for Roman Polanski. In 1977, he was approximately 44 years old. The girl was over 3 times younger (13). He drugged her and then proceeded to rape and sodomize this helpless young girl. What he did is despicable and unforgivable.
He was no child but a fully grown adult with complete understanding of what he was doing, his advantage over the girl, and the devastating lasting effects on the young girl.

After pleading guilty, he flees the country to avoid 3 months of jail time which is a far cry from the punishment he would receive today. He's spent more years avoiding this issue and wasted way more than 3 months of our public official's time and money because of his cowardice.

He should be brought back and punished to the full extent of the crimes he has committed . There is no gray area here. He committed these acts. I do not see sympathy in his age but cunning in his ability to reach his current age and stature without prosecution.

Anything else rings of favoritism and softness of the justices/prosecutors for this "celebrity" paedophile.

It likes the creep with his money and fancy lawyers is going to get a free pass.

It is a sad day when Roman Polanski, a pedophile, who gave a thirteen year old child alcohol and a Quaalude, knowing the young girl would be defenseless and then had sexual intercourse and sodomized her should become the a cause célèbre to the rich and famous around the world.
Is Hollywood that perverted and delusional?


This case seems to have produced a monumental and unexpected side benefit
courtesy of the appeals court.

Flight is now a viable alternative to plea bargain for criminal defendants granted bail.

The court should now streamline the process and offer a standardized Application For Trial IN ABSENTIA.

Literally thousands of fugitives will finally be able to take advantage of this process.

If they are acquitted IN ABSENTIA - what could be better?

If found guilty and sentenced - at least they have a clear choice.

Either ready to do the time and go legit.

Or remain on the lam and see if the numbers improve following
the Appeal In Absentia.

One note of advice for those defendants who are bailed and appearing at trial
the old-fashioned way - you might want to miss closing arguments and jury deliberations because of a tummy-ache.

The judge could pull a fast-one and revoke your bail.

As you bolt from your chair like dynamite and sprint toward the door -
your spirits will be dashed as it becomes quite clear that Your Honor has
tipped-off ol' Rusty who is waiting right there.

It is corrupt that Roman Polanski has NEVER HAD TO FACE MURDER CHARGES for arranging the murders of his wife, unborn child and all the others murdered by Charles Manson!
Bring Polanski to the USA, so a garbage truck can ACCIDENTLY back over the turd!

Blah blah blah . . so we are allowed to expose Polanski for the sh*t goon he is and that's it. Whatever. I hope he chokes on a cracker at his party, and dies of a heart attack on the spot. Befitting of a goon . . don't you think?

this case of Polanski . show how sick and stupid the judges and what you call justice system in usa .
the police prosecutor and the system wasting money on old case with no public interest , at the time that we have terrorist that release from prison . murder and robber .
31 years america hunting this man ."let him go and close this sick case" go after real criminal and drug dealer a like .
is anybody thinking of the waste in the government and the cost .
at the time that many people lose the houses and some die because waste in the government with cases like this
greenfeld


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