Pursuit of justice

Polish judge latest to refuse to extradite Roman Polanski to U.S.

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski arrives for a press conference after his trial at the regional court in Krakow on October 30, 2015. Polanski said he was "very happy" that the Polish court rejected a bid to extradite him to the United States to face sentencing for the rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Famed filmmaker Roman Polanski fled the U.S. after being convicted of the rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977 at the house of actor Jack Nicholson, and the latest attempt to extradite the filmmaker, who now resides in Poland, has been denied the U.S. by a judge in Krakow. The judge determined that to extradite Polanski would constitute a deprivation of liberty, agreeing with the defense’s position that California would be unable to humanely incarcerate Polanski given the 82-year-old’s advanced age. Interestingly, Samantha Geimer, Polanski’s victim in the case, has supported Polanski in his legal proceedings. The defense noted in their arguments that Geimer has forgiven Polanski, and on Friday Geimer posted to her Facebook page that she considers the D.A.’s office corrupt and believes they should stop trying to extradite the filmmaker. Polanski has been working on a new film in Poland since 2012 about Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French Army who was unjustly convicted of spying for Germany in 1894 in the event infamously known as The Dreyfus Affair.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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