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Roman Polanski extradition decision to come soon, Swiss official says

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The Swiss government is moving closer to a decision about whether to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski back to Los Angeles to face sentencing on his conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago.

A Swiss justice ministry official told the SonntagsZeitung newspaper that colleagues were close to making a decision but would not say when it would occur. The officials said Polanski would be able to appeal that decision.

Polanski, 76, was arrested in Switzerland last year on a warrant from the L.A. district attorney's office and has since been living under house arrest at his posh Alpine chalet. He is fighting extradition, and his attorneys have suggested that he could be sentenced in Switzerland rather than in L.A. Prosecutors say the filmmaker faces up to two years in state prison.

Swiss officials have said they were waiting for Polanski to exhaust his legal appeals in Los Angeles before making a decision on extradition.

In his first public statement, Polanski said in May that his possible extradition to the United States was an attempt by authorities "to serve me on a platter to the media of the world."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Roman Polanski. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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Does the Swiss goverment care about the innocence of young girls, or not?
That's the real question here . . .

This child molester should have been brought to justice a long, long time ago!

Less melodrama, please. This is a very old crime that even the victim wishes would go away. Can we move on to dealing with today's problems? It's not like there's a shortage of bad people out there right now. Polanski's no longer a threat to anyone.

Less melodrama, please. This is a very old crime that even the victim wishes would go away. Can we move on to dealing with today's problems? It's not like there's a shortage of bad people out there right now. Polanski's no longer a threat to anyone.

@Rocco, what melodrama are you talking about? If it was your daughter, I don't think you would care how long it took to bring this sleazebag to justice. Also, it doesn't matter what the victim says when it comes to criminal cases such as this. She actually has no say in the matter. She is only a witness to the case. The crime is against the laws of the state and that is why this case would be labled "Polanski vs the state" and not "Polanski vs (whatever the girls name is)". I realize that the courts are very over-burdened and sometimes cut deals and let things go, but things like child molestation, kidnapping and murder, should not be one of them.

Polanski said in May that his possible extradition to the United States was an attempt by authorities "to serve me on a platter to the media of the world."

My respondes: Really.... I wonder how that 13 year old felt when you served her on a platter and had you're way, IDIOT.

Hey Rocco, maybe Mr Polanski can babysit one of your niece or nephews!

It must be nice to be wealthy,flee the country, live poshly, and get away with a crime, hoping everyone would forget & easily forgive. Parents with teens, protect your daughters.

Well Rocco my man, This clown has a debt to pay, no free pass for this SCUM BAG.

"Less melodrama, please. This is a very old crime that even the victim wishes would go away. "

So you're saying that if you can skip the country and live in Europe for 30 years, that you should be able to get away with doing a 13-year-old?

If this idiot had just done his time it would have been over ages ago. The victim needs to understand that it is dragging on because of Polanski's actions, not the DA's.

The story says: " his possible extradition to the United States was an attempt by authorities "to serve me on a platter to the media of the world."".

And why shouldn't he be "served on a platter" to serve the sentence imposed on him for his heinous acts -- a sentence he has avoided for decades because he thinks he is above the law??

He should rot in San Quentin with "Bubba" as his cellmate.

The story says: " his possible extradition to the United States was an attempt by authorities "to serve me on a platter to the media of the world."".

And why shouldn't he be "served on a platter" to serve the sentence imposed on him for his heinous acts -- a sentence he has avoided for decades because he thinks he is above the law??

He should rot in San Quentin with "Bubba" as his cellmate.

Polanski has absolutely no intention of coming to the US for a court appearance. Hwe would like to come to make more movies and money but definitely not to be held accountable for his crime against a young Americn teeager.

Rocco, we need to clean up ALL of the trash...not just today's, or it will continue to rot.

I believe there was a kind of backlash in California’s Justice stemming from the Manson murders that included Polanski’s beautiful American wife Sharon Tate and unborn child, and his friends.

As far as California Justice and the press, Roman Polanski was guilty because he was married to Sharon Tate who had been brutally murdered and because he had made films (not his own original written material but Ira Levin’s) that had gone so far as to show a devil having sex with a woman in Rosemary’s Baby.

I believe the World’s press and Californian law enforcement got confused by Roman Polanski’s excellent visual portrayal of the devil having sex with a woman in Rosemary’s Baby, and 10 years later wanted to confuse the devil in that movie, Rosemary’s Baby, with Roman Polanski himself.

Los Angeles Prosecutors and other human beings are not the brightest sometimes and seem unable to distinguish between the character of a person who is telling a story and the subject matter of that story.

Los Angeles prosecutors are looking for modus operandi and may try to equate the dark subject matter of a movie such as Rosemary’s Baby, with the person who is telling and directing the story in a magnificent way. But this correlation is not an absolute and is not the definitive indication of the storyteller’s character.

10 years after Rosemary’s Baby and Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate’s horrific death certain Los Angeles prosecutors may have confused the Sharon Tate’s brutal murder, plus the devil in the movie Rosemary’s Baby, with the story teller Roman Polanski even though it was not Polanski’s written material, he was only the director.

So then Polanski was made out to be the devil for having sex with an underage girl in California, with the devil’s attributes assigned to Polanski through 13 year old Samantha, her negligent mother, and Charlotte Lewis’s help, even though dehumanizing Roman Polanski, and using the World press to transform him into a devil is not justified at all, and certainly not for a first time offender.

Throughout time it has always been before others do brutal harm to someone the person is dehumanized. And this should stop now in Roman Polanski’s case – whether unconscious or not!!!!

“This reminds me of an earlier crime against Roman Polanski, another bait and switch incident that Polanski had faced in Poland after the Second World war where Roman Polanski nearly lost his life to a serial murderer who lured Polanski under the ground to steal his bicycle and who nearly killed Polanski in the process.

It seems that underage Samantha and her negligent mother Susan Galley, the California Judge Laurence J. Rittenband, Los Angeles prosecutor David Wells, 9th Circuit Judge Trott, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and his office 32 years later plus now actress Charlotte Lewis have wanted to steal Polanski’s fame, good name and his money, and his freedom all for a casual sexual encounter 30 something years ago for which Roman Polanski was not entirely responsible.

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Less melodrama, please. This is a very old crime that even the victim wishes would go away. Can we move on to dealing with today's problems? It's not like there's a shortage of bad people out there right now. Polanski's no longer a threat to anyone.


the length of time past does not excuse the crime. what if the crime was committed against your child ? how would you feel ?

Roco must be a molester. Hell with this guy.

The Swiss National Day (our July 4th) is Sunday, August 1.

PR people often wait to announce controversial news until just before a holiday weekend, to bury the story.

Since the Swiss are making this decision without the sealed testimony of the original prosecutor -- which would strengthen the Polanski case, it's likely they will decide to extradite -- which will likely be appealed.

All of this is costing a lot of taxpayer money. LA could have negotiated early on. But the LADA is running for higher office and using Polanski as a wedge issue. It's a controversy in Switzerland as well, eating up its resources.

They made a deal, and the judge changed it. That is not fair. I would have skipped too. The girl wants it dropped, but the publicity for the DA running for higher office is too good to pass up.

Billy, In regards to this statement "District Attorney Steve Cooley and his office 32 years later plus now actress Charlotte Lewis have wanted to steal Polanski’s fame, good name and his money, and his freedom all for a casual sexual encounter 30 something years ago for which Roman Polanski was not entirely responsible."

His name isn't good. His name makes peoples skin crawl. And his "casual sexual encounter" is and was against the law. He was the grownup. Or is it because he was under the influence of drugs (also against the law) that he isn't responsible for his actions?

Such logic leaves the mind reeling as to what kind of world my children will grow up in. The ability to choose right from wrong has been lost on a great number of the people in our great land. To make excuses for a man who could not and would not face up to his actions like a man, which by definition makes him a coward, and to blame someone in the DA's office for this selfish scum's actions, shows me how messed up our society has become.

Maybe this was the Swiss strategy all along. Drag the case of child rapist Roman Polanski out until Americans - with our notoriously short attention spans - forgot all about it and moved on to something else. But surprise, we are capable of thinking about more than one thing at once. I, for example, am having a hard time eating or sleeping while oil is still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. But I still want this filthy little pervert brought to justice.

All you people need a life!
Including the LADA, lets hope he gets cursed and his karma comes back to repay him.
Are you people unemployed?? Maybe thats why you have time to rant!!

Just Google: Polanski + Bud
and see how you are being manipulated into publishing scripted blah, blah, blah in order to drown out the 75% of U.S., French and Polish citizens that simply want justice served. There is no hangman's noose, it will be trivial justice served, but it will at least serve to EMBARASS HIM WITH FACTS IN COURT this deviant who we now understand may be a serial rapist (Judge Rittenband saw this and protected US from him). I wish I had the millions to spend to keep from being embarassed.

I wrote another comment about how these blogs have been taken over by what appears to be organized, professional, probably PAID, anonymous 'ghost writers' and my comment was vetted OUT of this article?!
Yet "Billy" who starts with "I believe there was a kind of backlash in California’s Justice" , and has pasted this drivel at least a dozen times as ANON or ANONYMOUS, is given yet another 10 paragraphs right here so they can again blame the victim!
YOU DON'T GET IT, THE STORY IS HOW EASILY THIS BLOGGING CAN BE MANIPULATED. EVEN MORE EASILY THAN THE MAINSTREAM PRESS. ALL IT TAKES IS MONEY . . .
Here's a tip on vetting these comments.
1) I found a dozen 'names' being used to propogate the same drivel (and it is done to drown us by boring us), so I googled unique strings of words and then called them out for doing it. They then started to use MY NAME! Then they have for some time now started to use just Anon or Anonymous (someone in another blog actually caught the same drivel, in the same article, using BOTH and thought that was weird but I understood).
2) Refuse to print without SOME NAME because then they have to use the same name or get caught pasting under multiple names. I first got interested when a 'Bud' agreed with an 'Anonymous' comment and refered to them as a HER, when no possible way could a gender be determined, and since Anonymous was defending Polanski's right to rape, it's difficult to believe that it was an honest mistake. It turns out when I googled 'Bud' and 'Polanski' together I found comments with unique strings that tied 'Bud' to comments by 'Jasmine', 'Juniper', 'Molly May' and 'Madeline'.
I documented this in several blogs as I found them, and of course in my comment that you wouldn't print here.
Since I was mostly interested in getting to the truth, my first comment had BOOK PUBLISHED accusations against Polanski that I had researched be READING over the last several months (rather than talk out of my arse as they say). Unfortunately the comments that seem to be 'researched' are mostly these drivel defenses of Polanski, because there aren't many willing to take the time to investigate if we aren't PAID to do it. I'm an exception because I believe this case to be extremely detrimental to all the young girls and boys being raped right now by a man of authority!

I hope you reconsider printing my first comment.
-Max

Hopefully, the corruption in Los Angeles (Steve Cooley), will haul Cardinal Mahoney in because clearly the Belgian Police understand that something's criminal involving the Catholic Church. If it's good for the goose it should be good for the gandor. Right, back to today's problems ... Flee the country? The judge threatened to deport him. Also, there has not been a trial and the plea deal sounds criminal as do many issues involved. It does indeed appear that Los Angeles and California went after Roman Polanski because his wife was brutally murdered. Why not? Everyone knows politicians, judges, etc., like to get on television. The French really should investigate the Charlotte Lewis matter. Clearly, LAPD does NOT have jurisdiction. Steve Cooley obviously wants to become the Attorney General and could NOT care less about crime or anything else for that matter. It's great to see Cooley wasting everyone's resources - the People's in Los Angeles, the Swiss government, the Department of Justice, etc. while willfully ignoring other pedophiles. Must be a great job.

Visit the Full Disclosure link if you're interested in more views on Steve Cooley and corruption.

If Cooley's so tough on crime why didn't he attend the Department of Justice's gang initiative? LAPD seems to understand that gangs are dangerous (to them as well) so why are they supporting Cooley's big for AG? It is too deranged to even attempt to understand.

Kelley Lynch

Segment #2 (8 min)
Candidates discuss why Steve Cooley is not participating in the U. S. Department of Justice Gang Initiative and address the following issues:

DA non-action policy on deporting illegal alien gang members
Mexican Drug Cartels in City of Cudahy
Impact of Criminal Defense lobby on DA prosecution policies
DA Cooley's campaign contributions from Criminal Defense lobby
Segment #3 (8 min)
Candidates describe the failures and demoralization of the DA's office, and of DA Investigators as body guards and chauffeurs for questionable personal activities.

Segment #4 (8 min)
Both candidates noted the following:

DA's refusal to prosecute pedophile priests in the Catholic Church
DA's non-prosecution policies of powerful people, i.e. Board of Supervisors
Called DA's pay raise "pay back" for looking the other way.
Ethics Violation: Cooley called Jury members "stupid" following the Blake Verdict
Segment #5 (8 min)
Candidates detail issue where there is Corruption in the DA's office:

Belmont Learning Center scandal
Criminal Defense Attorneys influence
DA disbanded environmental crimes unit
Manipulated cases by transfer of expert Deputies
Segment #6 (8 min)
Video disclosure of how DA Investigators were used to conduct an unofficial and unauthorized investigation. Candidates describe DA's failure to investigate MacArthur Park beatings gross negligence at Martin Luther King Hospital.


http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Programs/515.php


It seems that underage Samantha and her negligent mother Susan Galley, the California Judge Laurence J. Rittenband, Los Angeles prosecutor David Wells, 9th Circuit Judge Trott, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and his office 32 years later plus now actress Charlotte Lewis have wanted to steal Polanski’s fame, good name and his money, and his freedom all for a casual sexual encounter 30 something years ago for which Roman Polanski was not entirely responsible.

Posted by: Billy | July 04, 2010 at 10:52 PM

The child rapist's days are numbered...He will be spending the rest of his days in prison...Good Riddance...

 
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