Tag: Roman Polanksi
Roman Polanski has been freed. The Swiss have denied the extradition request.
The Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement that the decision reflected doubts over the legal strength of the U.S. extradition request, in particular concerning negotiations between Los Angeles prosecutors and Polanski's U.S. attorneys at the time. Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said at a news conference that Polanski is now free to leave Switzerland and return to his home in France.
The Swiss statement states the decision was based on the request itself and the refusal of the U.S. to provide sealed testimony regarding the alleged misconduct of the prosecution and Judge, and the Swiss national interest. [More....]
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A California appeals court has rejected Roman Polanski's bid to dismiss his 1977 case due to prosecutorial and judicial misconduct.
The 70 page opinion is here (pdf).
We conclude that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in applying the fugitive disentitlement doctrine and refusing to consider dismissing the action. In so doing, 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.
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