Roman Polanski’s Guilty Plea

Oscar-winner Roman Polanski was indicted in 1977 on multiple counts of crimes related to drugs and sex with a then-13 year old girl.

Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to one of those six charges in 1977. ¬†Prosecutors reportedly dropped the other five charges in exchange for Polanski’s plea.

Before he was due for sentencing in 1978, Mr. Polanski left the United States and was seen in Paris.

In 2009, two separate courts rejected motions by Mr. Polanski to dismiss the charges or bar certain jurists from being involved in sentencing.

Four months after his May 2009 appeal was rejected, Mr. Polanski was arrested in Zurich, Switzerland.  At the time of his arrest, he had been a fugitive from the American justice system for more than 20 years.

Will someone please explain in the comments section why film luminaries such as Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Terry Gilliam have joined dozens of others in “demanding” Mr. Polanski’s release from custody?

Color me one-sided, but I don’t understand how someone confesses to a crime, commits additional crimes in fleeing a jurisdiction and apparently expects technicalities to change the outcome of his confession and his unauthorized departure from the United States.

Your turn.

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