U.S. State Prosecutors Renew Push for Polanski Extradition

The legal battle over Roman Polanski’s 33-year-old case has escalated with U.S. prosecutors insisting that they have acted “with the utmost openness and integrity” in providing lawyers with discovery of all evidence. Furthermore, they contend that the law is on their side regarding extradition and Polanski must be returned to the United States to face sentencing. Polanski’s lawyers maintain he can be sentenced in absentia.

The new round of  briefs filed in the case comes on the heels of new evidence disclosed in a defense filing earlier this month. Polanski’s lawyers said the retired prosecutor in the case, Roger Gunson, had given secret testimony bolstering the defense claim that Polanski was the victim of judicial misconduct by a now deceased judge.

Polanski, who is now 76, fled the U.S. over 30 years ago after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

The prosecution contends that their pursuit of the case after such a long time is “about ensuring that the public is not left with the belief that a defendant with seemingly endless resources is entitled to a justice that is different from criminals without those resources.”  The prosecutors also stressed that they don’t intend to drop the matter.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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