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besides, it sounds like he served most of his originally anticipated sentence in Swiss custody.
there is little doubt he could never receive a fair trial now
the victim wants the case to be dropped
there remain questions about Polanski's mental fitness during the time of the offense and during the original trial
of course Polanski is guilty, but the whole case has been a farce over the 30-odd years it's stretched and if yr going to talk about getting away with it and justice being done, there is a whole catalogue of institutional failings to go with Polanski's culpability.
Also, he might well have a late bloom to his career as a director. don't try and pretend you didn't think The Ghost was AMAZING
I have no idea why I thought that, must have read it somewhere.
Neither the rapist Polanski nor the American justice system, with its insistence on plea bargaining and backroom dealing to avoid the cost of going to trial. Polanski had done a deal that he would only have to serve the time that he had already spent in jail and then caught wind that the US prosecutors couldn't sweep his case under the carpet as they had hoped. He skipped the country because he would now be looking at serious jail time.
The latest development probably suits both sides, as niether Polanski nor the US really wants to drag this through the courts.
what did you direct?
was a farce as was everything about the whole trial. there is really no accurate answer to whether he was mentally sound or not.
the whole point of the plea bargain was that he knew what his sentence would be. the judge behaved farcically.
i am certainly not defending Polanski, I don't think there should be double standards.
The point is, this has all be dragging on so long, it seems to be in nobody's interest to protract the legal wranglings. If courts, fuck up, courts fuck up; and that applies to any criminal and is a less desirable but still unavoidable part of a fair criminal justice system. And the Californian court has consistently fucked up.
To drag an old, exhausted man through a court case which almost undoubtedly will result in him walking away anyway because the result is predetermined by 30 years of failings by the courts of California won't be in the victim's interest or in the American public's interest.
i am perfectly aware he's guilty, everybody knows he's guilty, and it's a sorry fact that the American courts are essentially powerless after literally decades of institutional failings.
dragging it up over and over again and getting incensed is never going to get him sent to prison.
when they feel a bit guilty about it: me giving up meat isn't going to make any difference so why bother?
me getting angry about Polanski walking free isn't going to make any difference - so why bother? only this time, i really isn't going to make any difference. no amount of public anger is going to allow for a fair re-trial, even though the facts of his guilt are established because ANY jury will be predisposed to judgement. And the terms of the original plea bargain are long gone. so, what ya gonna do about it?
stop seeing his films? well i'm not, they're still good.
i know he is guilty and i don't think he DESERVES to get away with it. i just can't see what anyone can do about it. care to suggest something besides getting angry on the internet?
called "The Execution of Roman Polanski" where he gets hanged and everyone cheers
because all that will happen is that:
-Polanski's lawyers will win the right to a re-trial because of the huge failings of the original trial and plea bargain
-Polanski's lawyers will ensure that any conceivable jury will be found inadmissible because of a predisposition to judge him guilty (which I know he is - but that's still not a fair trial).
-The charges will eventually be dropped because of the impossibility of having a fair trial and he'll be free to work in Hollywood again.
-If the trial is set up, it's unlikely that the victim will give evidence in a statutory rape trial, and if she is issued with a subpoena it'll be ugly for everyone, there will be awkward questions about her having taken a settlement already.
-In the unlikely even that he is found guilty the chances of someone of his age actually serving prison time is also unlikely. And he'll be back working in Hollywood.
Because it's an old case and he's an old man, the chances of any real justice being served are basically negligible. Everyone knows that he is guilty, but another trial will just be another farce and a total embarrassment that will end with Polanski with access to Hollywood.
I'm not questioning Polanski's culpability. If the State of California wanted justice doing though, it really shouldn't have picked judges that weren't in awe of movie directors. There's very little we can do about it now, and bringing it all back up can only be to the detriment of the victim and not in anyone's interest: he'll get away with it, he'll possibly be making even more money than ever, the Californian courts will look ridiculous and the victim will have to relive it all.
in a queue at the Post Office in La Defense
I felt like kicking him
I moved to a different queue instead
I think they should have extradited him