Attorneys for Roman Polanski are lobbying federal officials not to extradite the acclaimed filmmaker to the U.S. from Switzerland, where he is jailed in connection with 32-year-old child-sex charges, according to court documents filed this week in Los Angeles.
A team of American attorneys for Polanski met with a deputy assistant attorney general and other Justice Department officials Oct. 2 and presented them with arguments against returning the director to the U.S. to face sentencing on a statutory rape charge, according to a letter included in an appellate court filing Wednesday.
The letter from Polanski's attorneys thanking Bruce Swartz, who oversees the department's Office of International Affairs, for the meeting was part of a filing by Los Angeles County prosecutors asking California's 2nd District Court of Appeal to dismiss "as moot" an appeal predating his arrest.
In the 10-page letter, Polanski's attorneys summarized allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in the 1977 case and contended that the director has already served his sentence. The attorneys also wrote that Polanski has "little chance of receiving a fair hearing or disposition in California should he be returned."