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10.01.2009

Should director Roman Polanski be extradited to the U.S. and tried for his 31-year old rape case?

F*ckin' aye, he's not above the law!
No way. His original trial was a shambles and the girl he "raped" has since asked that the charges be dropped.
I don't know. I'm confused, but I'm sure lawyers will settle this at some point.

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8:28AM on 10/02/2009

Great director who should nevertheless face charges

Though I question the use of time and resources expended in pursuing this matter, now that he has been arrested, he must be tried. He committed a crime (well two actually in avoiding a sentence) and he shouldn't be given a pass because he's a talented guy whose made some great movies and because he's had an often very traumatic life. No one should be above the law and even though the victim doesn't want to press charges, it's not up to her. There is the matter of precedent to think of.
Though I question the use of time and resources expended in pursuing this matter, now that he has been arrested, he must be tried. He committed a crime (well two actually in avoiding a sentence) and he shouldn't be given a pass because he's a talented guy whose made some great movies and because he's had an often very traumatic life. No one should be above the law and even though the victim doesn't want to press charges, it's not up to her. There is the matter of precedent to think of.

However, I think he should be given a relatively lenient sentence in the circumstances.
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2:45AM on 10/02/2009
Can they even convict him of these charges now? I mean I guess it depends what state it happened as the laws and statute of limitations on the crime is different.
Can they even convict him of these charges now? I mean I guess it depends what state it happened as the laws and statute of limitations on the crime is different.
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7:15AM on 10/02/2009
ugh - don't make us do your homework for you. It's the fucking internet. Seriously, how lazy are children these days?

He was already convicted, and there is no statute of limitations. I would have thought that would have been obvious according to common sense and the most basic understanding of law - but here's an article about it:

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ugh - don't make us do your homework for you. It's the fucking internet. Seriously, how lazy are children these days?

He was already convicted, and there is no statute of limitations. I would have thought that would have been obvious according to common sense and the most basic understanding of law - but here's an article about it:

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10:42PM on 10/01/2009

Deserves no support!

I can't believe a convicted child rapist (who pled guilty to using drugs and alcohol as tools in what he did) is getting support from anyone...let alone such star power in Hollywood.

It's not like there's any doubt that he did it cause HE ADMITTED that he did. Who cares if the courts and judges were being rough or manipulative....he should have thought of that before he decided to drug and have sex with a 13 YEAR OLD GIRL!
I can't believe a convicted child rapist (who pled guilty to using drugs and alcohol as tools in what he did) is getting support from anyone...let alone such star power in Hollywood.

It's not like there's any doubt that he did it cause HE ADMITTED that he did. Who cares if the courts and judges were being rough or manipulative....he should have thought of that before he decided to drug and have sex with a 13 YEAR OLD GIRL!
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9:58PM on 10/01/2009

Jail

It doesn't matter how great his films are, he needs to man up and do his time...why are people willing to forgive him but not Victor Salva? At least Victor Salva did his time...is it because he's not as good a filmmaker as Polanski? Or the fact his victim was a boy?
It doesn't matter how great his films are, he needs to man up and do his time...why are people willing to forgive him but not Victor Salva? At least Victor Salva did his time...is it because he's not as good a filmmaker as Polanski? Or the fact his victim was a boy?
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9:56PM on 10/01/2009

cut and dry

he evaded his sentence. Imperfect justice aside, there was never time for his lawyers to get an appeal, even if in some alternate universe he wasn't guilty. Anybody who is willing to dismiss what he did, doesn't have kids, or isn't capable of projecting them in the victim's place. I love his movies, but many of the were made with time that he she have been spending behind bars. If this was a biker from Statesborough, AL, and not Roman Polanski, nobody would be arguing about this. It's like
he evaded his sentence. Imperfect justice aside, there was never time for his lawyers to get an appeal, even if in some alternate universe he wasn't guilty. Anybody who is willing to dismiss what he did, doesn't have kids, or isn't capable of projecting them in the victim's place. I love his movies, but many of the were made with time that he she have been spending behind bars. If this was a biker from Statesborough, AL, and not Roman Polanski, nobody would be arguing about this. It's like MJ - you like the work, so you want to pardon the artist. That cheapens everybody.
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9:19PM on 10/01/2009

What Makes Him Special?

He did the crime...he should do the time. End of story. Who gives a shit if she "forgives" him or thinks the charges should be dropped. Parents forgive the people who killed their kids all the time...does that mean the killer should get off?
He did the crime...he should do the time. End of story. Who gives a shit if she "forgives" him or thinks the charges should be dropped. Parents forgive the people who killed their kids all the time...does that mean the killer should get off?
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8:53PM on 10/01/2009

I'm torn...

Polanski is a terrific director but he isn't above the law so I suppose he must pay the penalty for his actions.
Polanski is a terrific director but he isn't above the law so I suppose he must pay the penalty for his actions.
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7:08PM on 10/01/2009

Also...

I know that the victim has said that she has forgiven him and I understand how difficult it must be for her to have to go through all this so publicly for so long...but that's HIS fault because he never manned up and did his time. He cannot escape his punishment because we, as a society, cannot allow people to escape punishment for their crimes, no matter what social echelon they belong to.
I know that the victim has said that she has forgiven him and I understand how difficult it must be for her to have to go through all this so publicly for so long...but that's HIS fault because he never manned up and did his time. He cannot escape his punishment because we, as a society, cannot allow people to escape punishment for their crimes, no matter what social echelon they belong to.
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7:03PM on 10/01/2009

Please...

Do not put raped in quotations marks. He got her drunk on wine and then gave her some pill. Not to mention the fact that she repeatedly said no to his sexual advances. Oh ya, and also the fact that she was 13. He straight up committed rape. Rosemary's Baby or not, send his ass to jail NOW.
Do not put raped in quotations marks. He got her drunk on wine and then gave her some pill. Not to mention the fact that she repeatedly said no to his sexual advances. Oh ya, and also the fact that she was 13. He straight up committed rape. Rosemary's Baby or not, send his ass to jail NOW.
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6:56PM on 10/01/2009

So Fucking What.

Where is the I don't give a shit selection..seriously this doesn't affect me in the least.
Where is the I don't give a shit selection..seriously this doesn't affect me in the least.
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9:51PM on 10/01/2009
who gives a shit about your opinion - your obviously too young to be able to empathize with anything grounded in reality
who gives a shit about your opinion - your obviously too young to be able to empathize with anything grounded in reality
6:42PM on 10/01/2009
If I understood correctly, the petition is more about the so-called illegality of arresting him in Switzerland than the still unresolved case. Therefor there is some kind of paradox. You want justice, sure. If you want justice you want Polanski to pay, but if you want justice you also want him free cause apparently he couldnt be arrested in that country. Messed up. I still say JAIL.
If I understood correctly, the petition is more about the so-called illegality of arresting him in Switzerland than the still unresolved case. Therefor there is some kind of paradox. You want justice, sure. If you want justice you want Polanski to pay, but if you want justice you also want him free cause apparently he couldnt be arrested in that country. Messed up. I still say JAIL.
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6:24PM on 10/01/2009
He deserves to go to jail for what he did. If the lady who was raped wants to put this behind her, that is her choice. But he fled the country. He violated the law by fleeing the country. He has to be held for his actions.
He deserves to go to jail for what he did. If the lady who was raped wants to put this behind her, that is her choice. But he fled the country. He violated the law by fleeing the country. He has to be held for his actions.
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6:24PM on 10/01/2009

Taldaran...

You cant call this a case of double jeopardy seeing as he fled the country before ever being tried, let alone serving any time. The fact is he raped a 13 year old girl, no statuatory bullshit, he got her drunk and had sex with her against her will. Im amazed that people like woody allen and martin scorsese are actually signing petitions to get him released.
You cant call this a case of double jeopardy seeing as he fled the country before ever being tried, let alone serving any time. The fact is he raped a 13 year old girl, no statuatory bullshit, he got her drunk and had sex with her against her will. Im amazed that people like woody allen and martin scorsese are actually signing petitions to get him released.
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5:42PM on 10/01/2009
He raped the fucking child. He sodomized her after giving her wine. The only thing she agreed to was the wine. Polanski is a terrific film-maker, but that doesnt mean we should also admire him as a human being. He needs to pay for what he did.
He raped the fucking child. He sodomized her after giving her wine. The only thing she agreed to was the wine. Polanski is a terrific film-maker, but that doesnt mean we should also admire him as a human being. He needs to pay for what he did.
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5:37PM on 10/01/2009

Wow

Taldaran that was so stupid. We can kiss justice being blind goodbye? He hardly served any time he was 44 and had sex with a 13 year old. Are you people insane? I don't care if she agreed to sex or not she was 31 years younger than him. That's completely disgusting and he obviously knows what he did is incredibly wrong or he would not have fled this country in the first place. If a woman in your family was raped, I think all of you would feel very differently.
Taldaran that was so stupid. We can kiss justice being blind goodbye? He hardly served any time he was 44 and had sex with a 13 year old. Are you people insane? I don't care if she agreed to sex or not she was 31 years younger than him. That's completely disgusting and he obviously knows what he did is incredibly wrong or he would not have fled this country in the first place. If a woman in your family was raped, I think all of you would feel very differently.
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5:31PM on 10/01/2009
There is nothing to try him for. Quite frankly if I was his lawyer I would be calling this double jeapordy. He has already pleaded and served in his time in this case according to the plea agreement that he made with the District Attorney's office in L.A. If the city attempts to do anything else to him, then we can kiss justice being blind goodbye and just start allowing cops to also be judge, jury, and executioners.
There is nothing to try him for. Quite frankly if I was his lawyer I would be calling this double jeapordy. He has already pleaded and served in his time in this case according to the plea agreement that he made with the District Attorney's office in L.A. If the city attempts to do anything else to him, then we can kiss justice being blind goodbye and just start allowing cops to also be judge, jury, and executioners.
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10:21PM on 10/01/2009
If you were his lawyer you would be guilty of malpractice because this is not a double jeopardy claim. He fled from the sentencing hearing, he had already plead guilty. P.S. you can make any plea agreement you want to the District Attorney, but the D.A. does not sentence, the judge does the sentencing. The D.A. plea deal is a recommendation to the judge.
If you were his lawyer you would be guilty of malpractice because this is not a double jeopardy claim. He fled from the sentencing hearing, he had already plead guilty. P.S. you can make any plea agreement you want to the District Attorney, but the D.A. does not sentence, the judge does the sentencing. The D.A. plea deal is a recommendation to the judge.
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