Roman Polanski will walk free: Switzerland has denied the United States’ request to extradite the filmmaker on a 1977 rape charge. Back then, Polanski served 42 days of a 90 day sentence after he plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse for providing a Quaalude and champagne to a 13-year-old girl, who he then raped. When a judge voiced an intention to send him back to prison, Polanski fled the country and has lived in Europe ever since. Polanski was arrested last September when he arrived in Switzerland for a film festival, but has spent most of the time since then living under house arrest (and complaining!) at his swanky chalet in Gstaad. Law enforcement had hoped the Swiss government would extradite the responsibility-shirking filmmaker, but it said American officials didn’t provide enough evidence about Polanski’s 1977-1978 sentencing procedure.
Polanski is expected to return to France, where he lives with his wife and daughter in Paris, and where he will be protected because France does not extradite its own citizens. So, he now walks a free man and probably will until his death. What do we think? [New York Times, TheWrap.com]