Court rejects Polanski bid to have child sex charges dismissed
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Polanski agreed to plead guilty to unlawful sex with a child, often called, in exchange for having the more serious charges dropped.
However, in 1978, before his sentencing, Polanski fled the United States. He has since been a fugitive and faces arrest if he sets foot on US soil. France refuses to extradite him.
Polanski's lawyers argued that there were irregularities and misconduct in the original handling of the case. While the Judge agreed, he rejected the notion that the charges should be dismissed on the grounds that Polanski cannot challenge the ruling while on the run as a fugitive.