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reckless
07-12-2010, 06:07 PM
I believe he was already prosecuted, and found guilty. Wasn't he? I thought (and it was a while ago) he fled after sentencing.
He pled guilty under an agreement with the prosecutor that he would serve no further jail time. When the judge indicated that he would not accept that agreement -- and told others that he would come down harshly on Polanski --Polanski fled. There was no trial and no actual sentence was actually imposed.

Jot the Dot Dot
07-12-2010, 06:29 PM
I imagine he'll be able to finish his latest movie project: "Close Encounters With The Third Grade". Understand his birthday is now a statutory holiday in Polnad. Oh, there's a million of them......

Winnipeg
07-12-2010, 06:35 PM
I got the impression that the US wanted to go forward with the case because he had made a mockery of the justice system?

Isn't POlanski the former husband of Sharon Tate who was murdered several years ago? That must have really adversely affected him.

JJH
07-12-2010, 06:49 PM
In 1969 the 8 1/2 months pregnant Sharon Tate was one of the victims of Charles Manson and his followers. This was one of the most horrific murder spree cases in US history.

Matryeshka
07-12-2010, 07:03 PM
I got the impression that the US wanted to go forward with the case because he had made a mockery of the justice system?

Isn't POlanski the former husband of Sharon Tate who was murdered several years ago? That must have really adversely affected him.

My wife was murdered so I'll go rape a 13 year old? :confused: Had he gone after Manson with an uzi, I'd understand his reaction. There's just no excuse for this.

I seriously doubt Anjelica Houston did not know the girl's actual age, and even if she didn't, and even if she was 18, how could she condone the drinking and the drugs? It would still be rape. What, she just invited Roman Polanski over and left him and the girl alone and had no idea what actually happened, or what was going to happen? I call BS big time on that one.

reckless
07-12-2010, 07:34 PM
My wife was murdered so I'll go rape a 13 year old? :confused: Had he gone after Manson with an uzi, I'd understand his reaction. There's just no excuse for this.

I seriously doubt Anjelica Houston did not know the girl's actual age, and even if she didn't, and even if she was 18, how could she condone the drinking and the drugs? It would still be rape. What, she just invited Roman Polanski over and left him and the girl alone and had no idea what actually happened, or what was going to happen? I call BS big time on that one.
First, Huston did not see the girl until after the rape, so she could not have stopped anything. She was quoted as saying that she thought the girl could have been as old as 25 and that the girl did not act like a scared kid. And, as I said before, the investigating police officer said that the girl looked at like she was between 16 and 18.

Second, did Huston ever condone drugs? From what I've read, Huston's involvement was very tangential. She may have been at the house briefly when Polanski arrived (though the testimony is a but inclear as to whether it was Huston or the caretaker). It is clear that she was not there during the photo shoot, when Polanski gave the girl the quaalude, or they began having sex. Huston but came home when Polanski and the girl were in the bedroom. Huston knocked on the door to the bedroom, Polanski got up and opened it a crack and talked to Huston. That description makes it sound like Huston would not have seen the girl and would not have known if she was drunk or drugged. After the sex, the girl went into the kitchen where Huston was and said they spoke briefly before she left with Polanksi.

Third, as for drinking, Polanski gave the girl a glass of champagne while Huston was there. Even if Huston only thought the girl was 17 or 18, would that really be something outrageous? College students those ages drink all the time. It's not like Polanski was plying the girl with hard alcohol to get her drunk.

I am not condoning Polanski's actions, but it is easy to say with hindsight that people should have known something was wrong.

*Jen*
07-12-2010, 07:51 PM
I am not condoning Polanski's actions, but it is easy to say with hindsight that people should have known something was wrong.

Definitely. Just think about how many people said they knew that Garido was a psycho before they found out Jaycee Duggard was hidden in his backyard...yet no one did anything or even voiced this until after his arrest. Hindsight is 20/20.

The only person who could have, or at the very least should have known beyond reasonable doubt what was happening and that it was wrong was Polanski.

Ziggy - I may be wrong, but I don't think the statute of limitations applies to criminal cases where the criminal is on the run. Or to criminal cases at all, for that matter, although I'm not certain about that.

I am not and will not defend Polanski - but from a totally objective legal standpoint, procedural justice is important. Due process has to be followed, and if someone on the US side failed to do so then they killed their own case. Don't blame the Swiss - from what they are saying, the fault wasn't theirs.

JJH
07-12-2010, 08:53 PM
There is no excuse for Polanski's behavior.

Really
07-12-2010, 08:58 PM
There is no excuse for Polanski's behavior.I don't believe I've heard anyone excusing his behaviour.

El Rey
07-12-2010, 09:07 PM
Third, as for drinking, Polanski gave the girl a glass of champagne while Huston was there. Even if Huston only thought the girl was 17 or 18, would that really be something outrageous? College students those ages drink all the time. It's not like Polanski was plying the girl with hard alcohol to get her drunk.


And although I believe the legal drinking age in California was 21, in a lot of states it was still 18. So even less outrageous at the time.

JJH
07-12-2010, 11:19 PM
I just wanted to clarify my previous post about Sharon Tate's murder. I don't think whatever grief or horror that Polanski may have felt about his wife's death could mitigate his own criminal behavior.

elbeep
07-13-2010, 12:26 AM
Yes. She's a grown woman now and doesn't have any ill-will towards Polanski.

I don't think that's necessarily true. Although she's said she'd prefer the matter not be pursued any further, Polanski has apparently never paid a cash settlement he promised. He did force himself on her after plying her with drugs and alchohol. (I read today the police speculated at the time that he probably used a date rape drug.) He kept going even though she repeatedly begged him to stop. She might not want to dredge this all up again having grown up and moved on, but I have a feeling she might just harbor a little bit of ill will, just a tad.

uyeahu
07-13-2010, 12:44 AM
I thought he DID in fact pay her a cash settlement and it was speculated that might be one of the reasons she doesn't push for extradition. Also, as has already been stated, she is a grown woman who doesn't want to go through ANOTHER trial and feels as badly towards the California justice system as she does towards Polanski. It's not that she has a forgive and forget attitude at all from what I've read, she just doesn't see any point in exposing herself to yet another circus in which her family will likely be victimized yet again and Polanski will likely see no jail time yet again.

Regardless of her feelings, he was tried and convicted and escaped jurisdiction before sentencing therefore there is no statute of limitations. He decided himself that he'd served enough time and fled the country. It wasn't his decision to make, nor is it the Swiss Governments. **** You Switzerland.

Lorac
07-13-2010, 01:14 AM
It wasn't his decision to make, nor is it the Swiss Governments. **** You Switzerland.

I'm sorry but it has already been stated that the US authorities did not follow the correct procedures to the satisfaction of the Swiss authorities to allow them to extradite - so don't blame or put down the Swiss just because this extrodition did not happen.

Laws are in place to ensure that certain procedures are followed to ensure people aren't unjustly targeted by over-zealous law-enforcement officers. As this is such a high profile case I'm sure the Swiss were doubly checking the steps being followed to try to get this extrodition done - don't blame them if the US screwed up. Rather say **** you US law enforcement for failing to follow the rules!!

BigB08822
07-13-2010, 01:26 AM
And this is a dumb post. Jen pretty much said everything I wanted to say, so please refer to her post :P

I've always liked you so I will only :rolleyes: once at YOUR dumb post. Sorry for my stupidity and that it had to interfere with your day.