A judge is scheduled to hear new arguments from Roman Polanski’s lawyer about why the fugitive director’s long-running underage sex case should be drawn to a close. - From The Washington Times
It features an entirely new set of eyes on the case - it is the first time Judge Scott Gordon, prosecutor Michele Hanisee and Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun will convene for a hearing.
Polanski has long contended he is the victim of judicial misconduct because a now-deceased judge in the case suggested in private remarks that he would renege on a plea bargain and sentencing agreement that called for no more time behind bars for the director.
Braun has based much of his arguments on a 200-page Polish court decision issued in 2015 that that the attorney states questioned “the integrity and honesty of many of the judges who over the years were involved in the Polanski case.” On Friday, the veteran defense attorney filed a motion asking that Polanski be sentenced without being present in court, a request that has been denied by previous judges and upheld by a California appellate court on the ground that the director remains a fugitive.
Both sides agree the case that Polanski’s case has a bizarre legal history, although Braun attributes that to judicial misconduct while Hanisee attributed much of the recent drama to the director’s “repeated requests … for secret hearings and special treatment.” She pointed to a 1996 meeting between prosecutors, Polanski’s former lawyer and a Los Angeles judge in which a deal was apparently reached for the director to be sentenced to time served, but would have to appear for a public court appearance.
Braun has said the testimony could assist in resolving the case.