Polanski appeal denied

2010-04-23 08:51

Los Angeles – A California appeals court on Thursday denied Roman

Polanski’s latest attempt to end his decades-old sex case, a move that could set

the stage for the fugitive director’s return to the US.

The California 2nd District Court of Appeal denied Polanski’s

petition to sentence the fugitive director in absentia.

Polanski’s appeal also had sought the appointment of a special

counsel to investigate misconduct into the director’s case.

Polanski’s attorneys had been asking for the director to be

sentenced to time served.

The appeals court did not issue an opinion in the case.

The court’s decision not to revisit Polanski’s case came hours

after it denied a request by Polanski’s victim, Samantha Geimer, to have the

case dismissed.

Swiss authorities have said they were awaiting the decision by the

court on Polanski’s appeal before deciding whether to extradite the Rosemary’s

Baby director. He is under house arrest in the luxury resort of Gstaad.

Polanski was accused in 1977 of plying Geimer, then age 13, with

champagne and part of a Quaalude pill, then raping her at Jack Nicholson’s

house.

Polanski was indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use

of drugs, child molesting and sodomy. He later pleaded guilty to one count of

unlawful sexual intercourse.

Authorities are seeking Polanski’s extradition from Switzerland so

he can be sentenced on the charge. The Academy Award-winning director fled the

United States on the eve of sentencing in 1978.

District attorney’s spokesperson Sandi Gibbons said: “The appellate

court read the briefs and made what we feel is the appropriate decision.” She

said the office would have no further comment.

A spokesperson for Polanski’s attorneys did not have an immediate

comment on the decision. Polanski appealed a Los Angeles judge’s decision to not

sentence the director in absentia or schedule an evidentiary hearing in March

this year.

In his defence filings, his lawyers cited new evidence provided by

the original prosecutor in the case who testified in a recent series of secret

sessions that he tried to disqualify the original judge in 1977 on grounds of

misconduct but was ordered by his superiors not to do so.

The transcripts of those closed-door proceedings remain

sealed.

Geimer’s attorneys had also sought to have the transcripts

unsealed. They also asked the appeals court to dismiss the case against

Polanski, arguing recent changes to California’s constitution gave her more

rights as a victim to influence the case.

Prosecutors disagreed, saying voters’ inclusion of a Bill of Rights

in the state constitution did not give Geimer or other crime victims the

authority to end prosecutions of crimes.

 


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.