April 23rd, 2010
09:50 AM ET

Roman Polanski court petition denied

California Court of Appeals Judge Peter Espinoza Thursday denied a petition by Samantha Geimer to dismiss a nearly 33-year-old sex case against director Roman Polanski. The California 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles denied the motion on Thursday without comment.

The famed director of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Pianist" pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 but fled to Europe before he was sentenced. Geimer, now in her 40s and a married mother of three, was his victim.

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  1. Stu

    Right on, Monica. Only in LA!

    July 12, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Monica

    Rupert, your thought process in this case doesn't make sense. Yes, we punish people so that they won't victimize another person. Polanski is in his 70s, he hasn't victimized anyone else. So that argument doesn't work. The only argument that works here is just saying "law is law." Nothing else makes any sense in this case. The lady wants the case closed because she knows what happened, she knows he didn't know how old she was. He pled guilty after denying he did anything wrong because the judge made him believe he'd be let go with a fine and already served jail time. That turned out to be a ploy. BECAUSE he is famous, he is still being hunted for this. If he was an unknown person, the case would have been dismissed long time ago. From the get go, this was a "he said, she said" situation and then "she" asked for dismissal. No brainer, nobody would be talking about it.

    April 25, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lola Jordan

    It's called karma. One never knows when it's going to come and bite one on the butt.

    April 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Riker

    Polanski is fighting extradition because he knows very well he would never leave this country alive. Too many Polanski haters out there don't just want to see him imprisoned. They want to see him dead, so they can gloat in all American, self-righteous style.

    April 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. melvin polatnick

    The extradition of Polanski should depend on whether he is willing to go before the Pope and confess to his sins. If he is forgiven the matter should be closed.

    April 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bennett

    I am comforted (sic) that the State of California has the highly paid personnel and unending diligent processes necessary to dedicate the State's resources on such matters.

    As Jerry Brown points out, the ratio of budget dedicated to Education vs the combined "justice-crime-fighting-incarceration industry" from 1970-2010 has gone completely upside down. We are leader in world incarceration – which is a stat that points to 100% waste (lives, taxes, etc) no matter what POV you have on this dividing issue.

    I believe we should invest in education, our children, our environment; our quality of life and a capital 'P' for Prevention in all aspects of Gov-program spending, whether health care, flood and fire prevention, or crime. Crime is born from desperation, failed home environments and lack of education. That toxic mix is growing like a virus -unabated, this will soon no longer be a country that you will want to live in, even if you can somehow still afford to live in it.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rupert

    While I admire Ms. Geimer's ability to move on with her life, she needs to understand that the criminal justice system is not there solely to grant justice to the victims (and/or their families) in every specific case. It is also there to deter the potential criminal conduct of others. Prosecutors need to act in the interests of all children who are at risk of abuse in the future, not just Ms. Geimer.

    Mr. Polanski committed a heinous act and needs to be severely punished for it to increase the chance that others do not commit similar actions, especially on some understanding that they will get off lightly if they can gain the forgivemess of their victims.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BJ

    He's a fugitive and has been for years. He was convicted. Eve is right..if he wasn't rich and famous he'd have been found and returned to the U.S. and would have been jailed for his crime. I understand the victim wanting to get this behind her after all these years. But Polanski who seems to be the darling of Hollywood, needs to pay for his crime. Yes he is an immensely talented man but so are lots of other criminals. He needs to be returned to the U.S. and face the music.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Espanois Citrus

    Protocol; breathe deep, and let go, let those who can, do, and else, ignorance is bliss, so blessed be.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Propublica

    Rush was there too! Rush and Gergen around the bonfire.

    And then Gergen and Jill around the boardroom.

    And pity the clean feeling grossed out in his proximity. Quite enjoyable watching him ride the rest of his contract, syphilitic and all.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Fire Gergen OR Loose Air

    Looking at footage of Gergen running and dancing in the woods, wanna know who his victims were? Think dignity of the cared for charred.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Paratriple

    'but fled to Europe before he was sentenced'


    did the judge after sentencing had a change of heart upon the verdict cause of a little incentive from the rainforest?! BTW, the rainforest was raided.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    Considering that the U.S. didn't get bring him to justice decades ago is an outright embarrassment. Since the victim, a grown mature woman, now wants the charges dropped, maybe it's time to go after the pope instead regarding those abuse issues while they are still on the minds of people.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Eve Lynne

    If he wasn't rich and famous, he would have been hunted down & put in jail long ago. The crime doesn't take away his talent, but his talent doesn't take away the crime. He should be punished.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. melvin polatnick

    The crime and punishment of Polanski should send a message to all those that yield to temptation, but there are those that remain unpunished. It is common knowledge that no deacon,priest,bishop.or cardinal is celibate, most have preferred children. All will be punished by God and forbidden to pass through the gates of heaven. They must also confess their sins to law enforcement authorities and beg for mercy. The abused should be monetarily compensated for the hurt they experienced in their tender years. These abominations will leave a terrible scar on the history of humanity.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |

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