Fresh petition to free Polanski
The US lawyers of Roman Polanski have filed a new petition to drop the 33-year-old sex crimes case against the French Polish film director, arguing the original trial was unfair.
Polanski's lawyers have asked a California appellate court to overrule a judgment that denied his January request to be sentenced in absentia in Los Angeles, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.
The latest court filings cite secret “comunication” between high-ranking prosecutors and the original judge in the case, revealing that prosecutor Roger Gunson had wanted the judge to be disqualified due to “misconduct”.
Polanski, 76, has been under house arrest in Switzerland since September on a US arrest warrant, but Swiss authorities are yet to rule on a request to extradite him.
He fled the US 32 years ago after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Polanski has already asked that the charges be dropped due to an unfair trial, but a court rejected his request in December.
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