Sex case with Roman Polanski will not be discarded

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 21, 2009 10:46 am

Acclaimed film director Roman Polanski is currently under house arrest in his ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, awaiting possible extradition to Los Angeles. 30 years ago he allegedly raped a minor.

He recently attempted to have the case against him thrown out on grounds of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. The Court of Appeal 2nd District shot that down. They decided Polanski must return to the United States before addressing any judicial misconduct (under the “fugitive disentitlement doctrine”). Polanski’s lawyers argued the doctrine should not apply due to the extremity of judicial misconduct. The Court disagreed: “We conclude that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in applying the fugitive disentitlement doctrine and refusing to consider dismissing the action,” Justice Laurie D. Zelon wrote. She then added, “We do not disregard the extremely serious allegations of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct that have been brought forward, but urge the parties to take steps to investigate and to respond to the claims.”

Apparently this 30 year case lives on.