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Fugitive movie director Roman Polanski will have to wait up to three months to hear whether he can resolve his four-decade-old rape case without serving more jail time in the United States.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon on Monday heard arguments from prosecutors and Polanski’s lawyer in the long-running case, but said he would reserve making any decision for up to 90 days.
Attorney Harland Braun wants Gordon to rule that Polanski, now 83, fulfilled his time behind bars in 1977, when he served 42 days ahead of sentencing for the rape of a 13-year-old girl. With such a ruling, the “Rosemary’s Baby” director would return to the United States for sentencing, Braun said.
Los Angeles prosecutors said Polanski should get no special treatment and there should be no discussion on what sentence he would get until he returns to the United States.
The case of French-Polish Polanski has been a cause celebre for 40 years. Following his guilty plea in 1977 and time in jail, he fled the United States, fearing the agreement would be overruled and that he would get a lengthy jail sentence.
Polanski was arrested on U.S. warrants in Poland and Switzerland in the last decade, but both countries declined to extradite him.
Samantha Geimer, the victim in the case, has long made clear she believes Polanski’s self-imposed exile has been punishment enough.
(Writing by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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