New Revelation in Polanksi Sentencing in Absentia Pleading

Lawyers for the victim in Roman Polanski's 1977 case released a pleading it will file tomorrow in support of Polanski's request to be sentenced in absentia and to be sentenced to time served.

The victim's lawyer, Lawrence Silver, in joining Polanski's request, includes this new information:

In a new revelation, Silver wrote in his legal filing that he witnessed [Judge]Rittenband say in his chambers that no other incarceration would be imposed, only to then renege on his promise and threaten to send Polanski to an indeterminate prison sentence. Polanski fled the country soon after.

Polanski's lawyers have also filed a brief saying the prosecutors misled the Swiss in seeking his extradition warrant.

The hearing will be held Friday. Background is here.

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    Re Mr. Silver's pleading: his statement (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 10:48:53 PM EST
    he heard the judge say he would sentence Polanski to prison for an indeterminate term is contradictory to what the DDA (who was not assigned to the case) told the documentary film maker (and later recanted), i.e., that the judge sd. he sould send Polanski back to Chino to complete the 90-day evaluation period.

    Also, defense counsel asserts DA Steve Cooley decided to request extradition for political reasons, i.e., Cooley planned to run for state AG.  Any evidence supporting this allegation?  

    You're the expert (none / 0) (#2)
    by CoralGables on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 11:16:24 PM EST
    Tell us.

    Why now? (none / 0) (#3)
    by jbindc on Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 07:15:13 AM EST
    Why after all these years is this coming out?

    This story has more holes than swiss cheese....