The Latest: Judge to rule later in Roman Polanski sex case
Posted March 20
LOS ANGELES — The Latest on Roman Polanski's long-running sex abuse case (all times local):
A Los Angeles judge says he will issue a written ruling about director Roman Polanski's requests to end his long-running sex abuse case.
Polanski's attorney, Harland Braun, argued Monday that Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon should give some indication of how Polanski would be sentenced if he returned to Los Angeles.
The Oscar winner remains a fugitive after he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl and then fled on the eve of sentencing in 1989.
A prosecutor argued that Polanski is asking for special treatment and trying to dictate the terms of his sentence from afar.
Gordon gave no indication about how he would rule but said he thought Braun's allegations that previous judges had mistreated the director warranted a full hearing.
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.
Monday's hearing is the first time Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon will hear arguments in the nearly four-decade-old case. Polanski's attorney, Harland Braun, has argued in court filings that Gordon should clearly state that the "Rosemary's Baby" director should not face additional incarceration in the case.
Prosecutors reject the argument, saying Polanski should not be allowed to make any arguments for how to resolve the case unless he personally appears in a Los Angeles courtroom.
Polanski fled the United States in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl the previous year.