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July 9, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Roman Polanski's attorneys have asked a state appeals court to overturn the May ruling of a Los Angeles judge refusing to throw out Polanski's 32-year-old child sex case while the director remains a fugitive. In May, Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza rejected a request by Polanski's attorneys to dismiss the criminal case based on allegations of unethical and improper acts by a judge and prosecutor at the time of Polanski's original case in 1977. Espinoza said in an earlier hearing that even though he thought "substantial" misconduct had taken place, he had no choice but to deny the request unless Polanski appears in person before the court.
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January 22, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A judge has rejected director Roman Polanski's bid to be sentenced in absentia in a three-decade-old child-sex case. Judge Peter Espinoza ruled that Polanski, 76, will have to come back Los Angeles to be sentenced. "I have made it clear he needs to surrender," the judge said. Polanski's attorneys said they would appeal. The famed film director is under house arrest in Switzerland, where he is waiting to learn whether the Swiss government will extradite him to the U.S. to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
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November 26, 2009 | By Richard Winton
Roman Polanski is expected to spend the holidays under electronic monitoring at his posh Alpine chalet after a Swiss court Wednesday agreed to a $4.5-million bail request by the famed director. Legal experts said the bail probably will lengthen the battle over whether Polanski should be extradited to Los Angeles to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old more than three decades ago. The decision also raises other questions, given that Polanski fled from the United States just before his sentencing in 1978.
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November 26, 2009 | By Richard Winton
Roman Polanski is expected to spend the holidays under electronic monitoring at his posh Alpine chalet after a Swiss court Wednesday agreed to a $4.5-million bail request by the famed director. Legal experts said the bail probably will lengthen the battle over whether Polanski should be extradited to Los Angeles to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old more than three decades ago. The decision also raises other questions, given that Polanski fled from the United States just before his sentencing in 1978.
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September 29, 2009 | Harriet Ryan and Richard Winton
Roman Polanski's attorneys helped provoke his arrest by complaining to an appellate court this summer that Los Angeles County prosecutors had made no real effort to capture the filmmaker in his three decades as a fugitive, two law enforcement sources familiar with the case told The Times. The accusation that the Los Angeles County district attorney's office was not serious about extraditing Polanski to facing sentencing in a child sex case he fled in 1978 was a minor point in two lengthy July court filings by the director's attorneys.
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October 10, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A judge has rejected director Roman Polanski's bid to be sentenced in absentia in a three-decade-old child-sex case. Judge Peter Espinoza ruled that Polanski, 76, will have to come back Los Angeles to be sentenced. "I have made it clear he needs to surrender," the judge said. Polanski's attorneys said they would appeal. The famed film director is under house arrest in Switzerland, where he is waiting to learn whether the Swiss government will extradite him to the U.S. to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
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February 13, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
For a man who didn't set foot out of his house Friday, Roman Polanski had an eventful day. His new film, "The Ghost Writer," a political thriller with a glamorous Hollywood cast, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival. And his legal battle to avoid returning to the U.S. got a boost when a Swiss official said extradition proceedings stemming from his three-decade-old child sex case were on indefinite hold. Polanski, 76, remained under house arrest, his round-the-clock presence in his Gstaad ski chalet secured by an ankle bracelet and $4.5-million bond.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2009 | Harriet Ryan and Richard Winton
Roman Polanski's attorneys helped provoke his arrest by complaining to an appellate court this summer that Los Angeles County prosecutors had made no real effort to capture the filmmaker in his three decades as a fugitive, two law enforcement sources familiar with the case told The Times. The accusation that the Los Angeles County district attorney's office was not serious about extraditing Polanski to facing sentencing in a child sex case he fled in 1978 was a minor point in two lengthy July court filings by the director's attorneys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Roman Polanski's attorneys have asked a state appeals court to overturn the May ruling of a Los Angeles judge refusing to throw out Polanski's 32-year-old child sex case while the director remains a fugitive. In May, Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza rejected a request by Polanski's attorneys to dismiss the criminal case based on allegations of unethical and improper acts by a judge and prosecutor at the time of Polanski's original case in 1977. Espinoza said in an earlier hearing that even though he thought "substantial" misconduct had taken place, he had no choice but to deny the request unless Polanski appears in person before the court.
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