Lawyers for Roman Polanski have begun a new campaign attempting to close the filmmaker’s 37-year-old child sex crime case, allowing the Oscar winning director of “The Pianist” to travel without any worry of extradition.
On Monday, a motion by Polanski’s attorneys was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court requesting a hearing in January. The 81-year-old director and his legal team are asking for the submission of evidence to reveal “false” extradition requests by U.S. authorities.
“The true facts and circumstances surrounding Polanski’s term of incarceration and his decision to leave the country in 1978 resulted directly from judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and should no longer be covered up,” Polanski’s attorney Bart Dalton stated in the motion. Alan Dershowitz, another prestigious lawyer, has asked for permission by the court to represent Polanski.
Back in 1977, the director was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles after coercing her with drugs and alcohol. Polanski later pled guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor. But the director fled the United States for France before the hearing for fear of a longer sentence than the 42 days he served for a psychiatric evaluation. Polanski’s lawyers feel he has served his sentence and should not have to be present for the case to be officially closed. There is a warrant out for Polanski’s arrest in the United States.
The legal team for Polanski has been fighting for years to have the case thrown out because of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct. The court refuses to address these issues unless Polanski is present in the court of law and returns to California. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has had no comment on the details of the motion.
Polanski was questioned in October by Polish prosecutors when U.S. authorities requested his extradition. Polanski and his lawyers, are convinced that prosecutors “deliberately omitted” the prison time the director served in an extradition request to meet the U.S.-Poland treaty. In 2009 while in Switzerland, Polanski was held under house arrest for 290 days while authorities decided whether to extradite him back to the states.