'Wealthy Celebrity' Roman Polanski 'Needs To Be Here,' LA DA Tells Judge.Dominic Patten reports: Less than two weeks after a hearing that could have begun the process of Roman Polanski returning to the U.S. 39 years after fleeing American justice for raping a 13-year-old girl, a judge today denied the Oscar-winning director’s latest attempt to essentially avoid more jail time.
“Mr. Polanski, through counsel, has filed the current motions which are similar to previously filed motions, and are based upon the same factual and legal arguments previously presented to the court and denied by other judges, and the Court of Appeal,” said LA Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon today in a scathing 13-page order (read it here). “No sufficient or compelling basis for reconsideration of these issues by the undersigned has been presented,” the judge added.
Polanski wanted to force the Los Angles County District Attorney’s office to make a public declaration of whether they would seek additional time behind bars for him if he were to return to America. Failing that, the director’s lawyer wanted him sentenced in absentia – neither of which are happening now.
Coming out of the last several weeks of new filings in the case of Polanski raping Samantha Gailey in 1977, the director’s attorney Harland Braun was seeking a ruling that would declare in advance his much-sought client exempt from further jail time if returned to America. Having beaten two attempts at extradition from Europe in the past decade, the 83-year-old Polanski is hoping he can get a deal similar to the one he turned down in 1997 because the courtroom would be open to the media. … (read more)
Source: Deadline Hollywood