Q & A: The Roman Polanski case. Why now?(Read article summary)
If Polanski has a chalet in Switzerland, why was he arrested this weekend? Why not years ago?
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As an editor, and a father, here are some of the questions I'd like answered about award-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski's arrest in Switzerland this weekend. I've done some digging, but there's more to do.
What's the expiration date on a statutory rape conviction?
In 1977, Mr. Polanski pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault of a minor. He drugged and had sex with a 13-year old girl. A Los Angeles judge sent him to 42 days in prison while he had psychological testing – and waited for his sentence. On the eve of his actual sentencing, Polanski heard from his lawyers that the judge was considering sentencing him to another 48 days in prison – maybe longer. So, Polanski jumped bail, and fled to France.
48 days for rape?
Isn't 30 years as a fugitive – unable to travel to the US – punishment enough?
The Zurich Film Festival jury thinks so. They put on red badges that said "Free Polanski" and held a press conference seeking his release.