Ok, for the record I think the guy is a sadistic SOB and deserves more than just jail time.
I also think the wants and rights of the victim in this case should not
be superseeded; if she wants to let it go, let it go. As mentioned, the difference between this case and the Catholic cases is that the abused want
to press charges; this woman wants it just to be over with and it should be her right since she is the victim.
But at the same time, he fled justice and there should be some retribution for that.
The problem is, the US tried to get him back, and failed.
From the BBC article found here www.bbc.co.uk/news/10601930 (external - login to view)
"The justice ministry said that the US authorities had failed to provide confidential testimony about Polanski's original sentencing procedure.
The reason for the decision lies in the fact that it was not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty a fault in the US extraditionary request.
Polanski was originally charged with six offences including rape and sodomy over the 1977 case.
In 1978, he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex following a plea bargain. He served 42 days in a US prison.
He has always maintained he was promised a short sentence, but he fled the US after hearing rumours that the judge was about to re-sentence him for a much longer term. He has never returned to the US.
On Monday, the Swiss said that the US authorities simply had not clarified the issue of length of sentence and therefore had not made a convincing case for extradition."
Video about the case: BBC News - Switzerland rejects US extradition of Roman Polanski (external - login to view)
Another article after the fact: BBC News - US 'disappointed' by Swiss Polanski extradition ruling (external - login to view)
So the US failed to clarify the length of sentence and he got off on a Technicality. The US FAILED and now they can't try again from what I understand from the video. While it might have been a "small technicality", it still is a technicality (a little bit of Californian law, according to the second article) that was overlooked by the US prosecutors.
They had their chance and blew it. If they want to try again, it'll have to be for something totally different, or wait until he travels to another country.
So while the anger at Polanski is justified, I'd also look at the US argument's and wonder where the HE**
they screwed up so bad to lose the case. They should have made sure it was air tight before going over to fight for his extradition.
And, as reported, the Swiss say it's not saying the man is guilty or innocent, but just the US failed in their bid to get him out of the country.
Last edited by Serryah; Jul 14th, 2010 at 10:44 AM..