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Apr
10

Appeals Court Denies Polanski’s Absentia Request

Roman Polanski’s bid to end his three-decades-old child sex case without returning to Los Angeles suffered a major setback when a state appellate court denied his latest request to be sentenced while he remains under house arrest in Switzerland.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal at one time appeared sympathetic to the filmmaker’s arguments, suggesting last year that the controversy could be resolved if Polanski asked to be sentenced in absentia.

But the same district court rejected arguments by Polanski’s lawyers that a judge should sentence the acclaimed director to time served for statutory rape before his extradition proceeding is resolved. The court did not hold a hearing or issue a written opinion on the request.

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