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Polanski Lawyers Fight -- Chalet Jail a Possibility

9/29/2009 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski's lawyers are angling to block any extradition attempt by asking a Swiss judge to release him from custody ...on grounds the move by U.S. law enforcement to haul him back was illegal.

Polanski is currently in a prison cell in Zurich, Switzerland. There's now talk that he could be placed on house arrest while lawyers fight it out. Here's the best part -- the house would be Polanski's Gstaad chalet .... nice work if you can get it.

Polanski fled the U.S. after pleading guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. The judge in the case reneged on the plea agreement and that's when Roman beat a hasty retreat to France.

The decision on whether to free Polanski is expected to take weeks.

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mds145    

83. Come on... this is ancient history. What the hell was a 20 year old looking 13 year old doing hanging around old men in Hollywood at that time? Sure, he was in a crazy place. His Wife was brutally murdered and his child cut out of her womb. You American idiots are the first to come down hard on anyone but yourselves. Look at your own actions in your life...

P.S. I am a Woman...

give this guy a break.

Posted at 3:09AM on Sep 30th 2009 by allison

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WHAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS WOMAN!!!!! HE IS A RAPIST AND A PEDOPHILE! WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU!!! GIVE HIM A BREAK???????? HANG HIM! PUT A BULLET IN HIS HEAD. YOU FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!

mady

1752 days ago
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cilla78    

The sick man should still pay for what he did!

1758 days ago
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I can't believe it    

Any man who would do that with a 13 year old girl should be put under the jail. He's already lived his life now...the justice system sucks. A poor excuse for a human being.

1758 days ago
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Leslie    

How about house arrest spreading his cheeks for some dude named Tiny?

1758 days ago
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Stacey    

JUST TO BE CLEAR:
"Polanski fled the U.S. after pleading guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor."--RAPED A CHILD!
"...Roman beat a hasty retreat to France."--FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE!




1758 days ago
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Yikes!!!    

The misinformation bothers me. A deal was made between his lawyers and and the DA, that has nothing to do with the Judge. When you make a plea deal, you agree to plead guilty in exchange for a lenient sentencing recommendation from the DA. The judge can accept that, or sentence you to anything he wants to within the limits established. The judge did not renege on anything, he simply felt that the agreement reached by the lawyers was not strong enough considering the crime. He should face that sentence, as well as additional time for fleeing justice.

1758 days ago
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janicebyrne01    

He admitted in 1977 that he raped the girl so get him back to the USA and let him face the charges in court.

1758 days ago
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arte help    

String him up!!!!

1758 days ago
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atabaw    

He raped a 13 yr old girl - he should do time - regardless of what happened to his beloved Tate, this man did a horrific crime, and should pay for his wrong and I don't mean pay as in money.

1758 days ago
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JBallz    

In Europe it's perfectly acceptable, even common practice to drug and anally penetrate children.

1758 days ago
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PT103    

FREE Polanski !
Polanski's "victim", Samantha Geimer, long ago announced that she had forgiven the filmmaker for his transgressions and supported various efforts to have the case against him dismissed.
The original prosecution of Polanski was marred by all sorts of embarrassing missteps and strange behavior, largely by Laurence Rittenband, the original presiding judge.
You don't always plead guilty because you're guilty.

1758 days ago
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Roro    

If all else fails, as a non-citizen and an admitted child rapist, he should be declared "persona non gratis" which would subject him to immediate deporting if he ever appears at a U.S. Port of Entry. He would be placed on the next means out of the country without any further legal proceedings.

1758 days ago
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Pat    

Sorry his wife was murdered, must have been horrible for him, but that is no reason to let him get away with a crime he admitted to just because it was so long ago? If anything he should be punished not only for the rape but for 30 years he eluded prosecution.

1758 days ago
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oprah    

Obama's Health Care 'Horror Story' Inaccurate

President said a Texas woman about to have breast cancer surgery lost her health insurance because she didn't disclose a case of acne to the insurer. That's not what happened.

Lier, lier, pants on fire...he has been lying to America since he started his political life, he lies about his involvement w ACORN, radicals, birth certificate, etc...and America is still obsessed w him

1758 days ago
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Nancy    

Roman will FRY for enternity once he meets his maker and tries to explain what he did and why he RAN AWAY. COWARD !!!! And Debra Winger YOU MAKE ME SICK standing up for him !!! Would you like it if he did what he did to your daughter at 13 years old ??

1758 days ago
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