A U.S. choose has as soon as once more shut down efforts by Roman Polanski to get the 40-year-old rape case in opposition to him dismissed, with Selection reporting that Decide Scott Gordon refused to finish the case at the moment with out Polanski submitting himself earlier than an American courtroom. The ruling got here regardless of the requests of Samantha Gemier, who was 13 when Polanski sexually assaulted her in 1977, and who has requested that the case be put to relaxation “as an act of mercy to myself and my household.”
Polanksi—who can’t be extradited from his dwelling in Paris due to his French citizenship, however who faces journey points as a consequence of his extra-legal standing—has been attempting for years, and particularly for the final six months, to get the case in opposition to him dismissed. However Gordon was adamant that Polanski wouldn’t be rewarded for a four-decade flight from the U.S. authorized system. “The defendant on this matter stands as a fugitive and refuses to adjust to courtroom orders,” he stated; when Polanski’s lawyer pleaded again in June that he had “completed every part I can to resolve this case,” Gordon shot again with, “Properly, with one exception,” referring to the director’s continued refusal to face in courtroom.
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