Poland won’t extradite Roman Polanski to the US in decades-old child rape case

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Poland won’t extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S. in decades-old child rape case.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski has once again evaded extradition to the United States, nearly four decades after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Prosecutors in Poland issued a scathing indictment of the Los Angeles County courts system on Friday, in ruling that famed director Roman Polanski should not be extradited to face 38-year-old child rape charges. With Polish prosecutors deciding not to challenge a court ruling against extradition, Polanski is now free to work in the country where he grew up, according to The Associated Press. “The American request is totally unjustified and anyone who is aware of the case knows that,” the 82-year-old said during a Friday news conference. “It was a snowball effect, click after click on the Internet.

The prosecutors stated Friday that Polanski would be denied rights that are guaranteed by the European Constitution, citing “excessive vulnerability of judges and prosecutors to criticism by the American news media”, which would prevent a fair sentence from being imposed for the rape of the girl. At that time, my lawyer, Lawrence Silver, wrote to the judge that the plea agreement should be accepted and that that guilty plea would be sufficient contrition to satisfy us. I have not changed my mind.” Before fleeing the country, Polanski was a rising star, earning acclaim for directing the now-classic movies “Rosemary’s Baby” in 1968 and “Chinatown” in 1974. In 2003, he received the Best Director Academy Award for his work on “The Pianist” and received a standing ovation in absentia from Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Adrien Brody, who starred in the film.

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