Judge to determine if Polanski's child rape case will end

21 March, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Benny Bass
  • US judge mulls request to spare Roman Polanski jail

Another chapter in the twisted legal saga of director Roman Polanski is expected to unfold in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday morning.

The film director, a fugitive from the USA since 1978, is asking a California judge to close the books on the case with a recognition that Polanski already has spent far more time behind bars than what was first intended by the judge who initially presided over his case.

Director Roman Polanski is set to face a tough court battle in the U.S. next week as he hopes to resolve his 40-year-old sexual assault case, without spending any more time in jail.

The Roman Polanski rape involved a 13-year-old girl who the director reportedly plied first with champagne and then a sedative before raping her at actor Jack Nicholson's house.

Polanski was charged, in 1977, with six counts of criminal sexual conduct, including rape of a minor and furnishing a minor with controlled substance, and plead guilty to "unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor".

"He knows what he was promised in the sentencing". Rittenband, facing fierce media pressure, went against the recommendation, saying he planned to send Polanski back to prison for an additional 48 days. "With such assurance by this current court, Mr. Polanski will return to Los Angeles to be sentenced". If the judge agrees that he doesn't owe any time in custody, "Mr. Polanski intends to return to Los Angeles to both conclude this litigation and visit Sharon Tate's grave".

Gordon gave no indication about how he would rule but said he thought Braun's allegations that previous judges had mistreated the director warranted a full hearing.

"Mr. Polanski now only asks this court to understand why he is asking for a simple declaration of judicial honesty before once again attempting to trust our system", Braun wrote.

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski should return to the USA to be sentenced for child sexual abuse and not receive special treatment as a "wealthy celebrity", prosecutors have said.

In the late 1990s, Polanski almost struck a deal with the D.A.'s office. Instead, the judge ordered Polanski to undergo a 90-day diagnostic study at a state prison in Chino before being sentenced.

The prosecutor wrote that the case has a "bizarre procedural history" over the last several decades that has "consisted of repeated requests by the defendant for secret hearings and special treatment". Polanski's attorney acknowledged that the decision not to return then may have been a mistake, but said that his client wanted to protect his young children.

Prosecutors want Polanski to return to the United States before the case can be resolved, arguing that the 83-year-old Academy Award victor is "once again trying to dictate the terms of his return without risk to himself". "(We) simply don't believe it's in the best interest to give a wealthy celebrity any different treatment than any other fugitive", said Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee.

"He forfeited his right to make requests of the court when he fled", she added.

In an interview Friday, Braun scoffed at the district attorney's claims, saying it's common for judges to offer indicated sentences.

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