Polanski’s legal status…

September 30, 2009

Anger in France and Poland after Polanski arrest

Artists and film makers also urged the release of Polanski, who faces charges of having sex with a girl of 13 in 1977, accusing Switzerland of being overzealous in pursuing such an old case and bowing to U.S. demands.

In an article on PolanskI, you say he faces charges of having sex with a girl of 13.


He’s not facing charges, he’s facing prison time. Can you actually put out a story that tells the truth and gives truthful background?


Several readers pointed this out to us. Our subsequent stories on Polanski made his correct status clear: GBU Editor

Polish-born film director Roman Polanski  awaits a public talk in Potsdam February 19, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

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In Alex Dobuzinskis’ article, “Polanski faces harsher U.S. justice system than 1977″ found here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/entertain mentNews/idUSTRE58T7VO20091001

Mr. Dobuzininskis states “When Polanski pleaded guilty for the 1977 crime, in which he also was accused of plying the girl with champagne and sedatives, an agreement with prosecutors called for him to be sentenced to the 42 days he had already served in jail.”

This is incorrect, or at least under great dispute, and should be noted as such by the author instead of presented as fact. There is no evidence backing this statement, and a substantial amount of hard documentary evidence to the contrary.

First, Polanski’s “sentence” of 42 days was not his sentence at all, it was a mandatory mental evaluation.

Secondly, the following documents, from Polanski’s Plea agreement, found on smokinggun.com plainly show that both Polanski and his attorney were clearly aware that there was no deal for time served, and the judge could impose additional time in county or state prison:


Posted by J.L. | Report as abusive

Despite the fact that I am a huge movie fan, and almost always agree with the positions taken by the Hollywood progressive movement, I take issue with them on the Polanski case. This man raped a 13 year old child and has escaped justice for more than 30 years. He should have served most of that time in jail. There is no reason to dismiss this charge; on the contrary, there is every reason to enforce it. There should be no double standard for famous and rich persons from Hollywood or anywhere else. Bring the man back and prosecute him to the fullest.

Posted by robert dimond | Report as abusive

its a shame…they should free him…enough…
i am also amazed at people’s mean and judgmental attitudes….scary…also because they think they are so right in whitchunting…nothing ever changes…….

Posted by CALI | Report as abusive