Judge to determine if Polanski's child rape case will end

Another chapter in the twisted legal saga of director Roman Polanski is expected to unfold in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday morning.

Taken on a provisional basis when it appeared that Gunson's life might be in danger from illness, it touches on a supposedly broken promise by the late judge Laurence Rittenband to limit Polanski's sentence for a 1977 statutory rape conviction to time he served during a prison psychiatric evaluation.

Roman Polanski's attorney implored a judge Monday to signal how the fugitive director would be sentenced if he returned to Los Angeles to resolve his long-running underage sex abuse case.

Polanski was charged with drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot at the home of Jack Nicholson in 1977.

Meryl Streep can give him all the standing ovations she can muster. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor after the girl's family asked prosecutors to avoid a jury trial.

"Mr. Polanski asks this court to acknowledge that he was promised a specific custody portion of his sentence by Judge Rittenband and he has more than fulfilled the custody portion of his sentence ...", Braun wrote. He served only 42 days before boarding a plane back to France.

Polanski then hopped a flight out of Los Angeles and fled to Europe.

His attorney has said that Polanski wants to travel freely, without risk of extradition, and to return to the United States to visit the grave of his wife.

Gordon gave no indication about how he would rule but said he thought Braun's allegations that previous judges had mistreated the director warranted a full hearing.

"Mr. Polanski is 83 and just wants to settle this case, wants it over with". "He forfeited his right to make requests of the court when he fled", said the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.

In the late 1990s, Polanski almost struck a deal with the D.A.'s office.

One of the district attorneys involved in the case maintains the freakish twists and turns in the case are not due to any type of judicial misconduct, but occurred because Polanski made multiple requests for special treatment and "secret hearings".

Prosecutors want Polanski to return to the USA before the case can be resolved, arguing that the 83-year-old Academy Award victor is "once again trying to dictate the terms of his return without risk to himself".

Hanisee wrote in a filing to the court that Polanski "wants answers - but will only show up if he likes the answers". She recalled him being arrogant, but not violent.

But the district attorney's office is objecting to what they say amounts to an "advance preview" of Polanski's potential sentence.

"It's all politics, I'm afraid", Braun said, adding that his client never would have fled in the first place if he hadn't been misled by the L.A. County court system. That attempt failed when another judge agreed with the district attorney that Polanski would have to come back to the US if he wanted his request to be heard.

  • Salvatore Jensen