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New twist in Polanski case

February 17, 2009 |  4:15 pm

Polanski A Superior Court judge refused Roman Polanski's request to dismiss his 1977 child sex case but said he found evidence of "substantial" misconduct in the film director's original court case.

The judge stayed his ruling against Polanski until May, to allow the filmmaker, who is making a movie in Germany, time to discuss surrendering with his attorneys.

"There was substantial, it seems to me, misconduct during the pendency of this case," said Judge Peter Espinoza. Heading off inquiries by Polanski's lawyers for more specifics about his chances for a legal victory, the judge said, "Other than that, he just needs to submit to the jurisdiction of the court."

Polanski has alleged “repeated, unlawful and unethical misconduct” by a prosecutor and the trial judge.

--Harriet Ryan

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