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10/6/2009

AP: Swiss Will Hold Polanski in Custody

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:19 am

The AP reports:

The Swiss Justice Ministry says it has rejected an appeal from Roman Polanski to be released from prison pending his possible extradition to the United States.

Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said today that the government maintains there is a high risk that Polanski might flee if released from custody.

Ya think?

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28 Responses to “AP: Swiss Will Hold Polanski in Custody”

  1. What is the Sweizer Deutch equivalent for “DUH!”?

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  2. Takes balls–guy’s on the lam for 30 years and asks to be released on his own recognizance pending a hearing.

    I guess he had to try.

    tim maguire (4a98f0)

  3. uhhhh. Isn’t that “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me?” I can’t imagine the Swiss not giving him the opportunity to “Fool me twice” and flee. Shameful. heh.

    JoeC (7518b0)

  4. If the Swiss let him out, there should be a squad of Swiss fathers of teenage girls waiting with their automatic weapons. Polanski might get the clue it is better to wait in jail and take your medicine than to walk out into “father’s vengence”.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  5. Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said today that the government maintains there is a high risk that Polanski might flee if released from custody.

    To quote Sarge from Red vs. Blue:

    “Could you put that in a memo and entitle it ‘Shit I Already Know’?”

    Scott Jacobs (766b04)

  6. Why? Just because he’s BEEN A FUGITIVE for thirty freakin’ years?

    mojo (8096f2)

  7. Wow, even after Anne Applebaum’s character references? She must not be as important as she imagines herself.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  8. If he gets away with it twice does that establish some sort of precedent? Just askin’

    glenn (757adc)

  9. I wonder how much this story has to do with the Polanski story ?

    As evidenced by Disney’s recent firing of its studio chief, Dick Cook, and Universal Pictures’ dismissal Monday of chairmen Marc Shmuger and David Linde, Hollywood is in a state of panic-producing turmoil.

    It used to be that Hollywood’s corporate parents could stomach a dry spell from their studio managers. But as DVD sales have collapsed by as much as 25% at some studios, access to outside financing has vanished and production and marketing costs remain sky-high, media companies are cracking under all the pressure.

    Maybe people are sick of the crap the studios have been turning out.

    For years, DVD sales, coupled with the growth in international markets, compensated for box office losers. On a typical movie, DVD revenue accounts for about half of a film’s income, with the remainder split evenly between theatrical receipts, both domestic and international, and television, both pay and free channels.

    All those anti-Iraq war movies probably sold well in Pakistan. Well, it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.

    Although the studios will occasionally devote more than $200 million producing high-profile titles like the “Harry Potter” and “Spider-Man” sequels, executives are trying to spend less on star compensation, especially since some of the town’s highest-paid stars — $20-million actors such as Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Russell Crowe — have proved over the last year that their names on the marquee hardly guarantee that crowds will come.

    I suppose some decent writing would help. I watch old movies probably two or three nights a week. I haven’t been to a theater in six months. What is nice is that the old movies from the 30s are coming out in nice restorations. These fools are presiding over a franchise that is collapsing.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  10. Maybe all those that signed the petition supporting Polanski will offer to sit in jail for him to make sure he doesn’t flee.

    If they were to do that their stupidity would be confirmed. Of course Harvey Weinstein sitting in a jail cell while Polanski relaxes on the French Riviera would be funny.

    MU789 (3f9d29)

  11. What, didn’t Teh One bring the majesty of his persuasion to bear against the Swiss Judicial System…or did he, and that’s why Polanski still reposes in gaol?

    AD - RtR/OS! (fb2a2a)

  12. Patterico/readers… in the yahoo version of the AP story (didn’t read to see if they simply used the AP version or altered it at all) they claim that Polanski was accused of …

    was he simply accused or did he in fact confess to drugging and raping the 13 year old girl?

    And since I havn’t commented lately, I preemptively denounce JD.

    Lord Nazh (899dce)

  13. doh

    Polanski was accused of plying the underage girl with champagne and part of a Quaalude pill during a modeling shoot in 1977, and raping her.

    forgot the quote

    Lord Nazh (899dce)

  14. I don’t see its relation to the Polanski story, Mike. First-run movies are now $12.00 a pop, and we’re in an economic depression. Hollywood can count on digitally animated cartoons and digitally animated special effects extravaganzas to produce Big Opening Weekend Numbers. That’s about it. Intelligent movies written for adults are few and far between. Amd most of them can barely measure up to the (surprisingly high) level of Mad Men.

    mong recent releases I enjoyed Julie & Julia and Coco Avant Chanel quite a bit. But they’re not exactly deathless classics.

    David Ehrenstein (2550d9)

  15. They are technically correct, in that those were the initial accussations that he was facing, but of course, they neglected to include that he entered a plea of guilty to “unlawful intercourse with a minor”, and fled prior to his sentancing.

    AD - RtR/OS! (fb2a2a)

  16. Makes me want to buy a Swiss Army knife from a justice loving people. But really, this is a no brainer decision, and I’m amazed Polanksi even attempted to argue he wasn’t a flight risk. He’s being extradited for running away from the law for 30 years.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  17. I like the idea that those who signed the petition in support of him could volunteer to take his place in the Swiss jail so he can devote his attention to his extradition defense. Then, if he flees, the place holder could serve his time, too. I nominate Woody Allen as place holder for Roman Polanski.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  18. Am i the only person who heard alot of wagging tongues claiming he would probably get house arrest? So much for them. well, admittedly you will probably never go broke underestimating the weenie-ishness of euroweenies, but even that is a bit much. its like when OJ wanted custody of his children and the trial court indicated that it couldn’t consider evidence that he killed their mother. I think the Cali. S.C.’s ruling read, in its entirety: “Are you kidding me?” Seems like common sense, but as Chuck D once said, “Common sense ain’t all that common.” And he should know. his best buddy was Flavor Flav.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  19. I will add that there is still one really euroweenie part of this. they had to say, “the government maintains there is a high risk that Polanski might flee.”

    really? Why can’t he just let his hair down and say it like a normal person, as in, “are you kidding me? Of course we aren’t letting him out. if anyone is a flight risk, its him.”

    Sheesh.

    Btw, i will also add that if i was his lawyer, i would refuse to even argue he should be released. It is such an open and shut matter, i would know that i could only harm my credibility before the court to even try, and that is a commodity i want to conserve for the more important issue of extradition (after extradition, presumably he will have new, American, counsel). Not that they are likely to win on extradition, but its their best shot. Too many lawyers do not understand the value of picking your battles.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  20. AW, how many criminal lawyers get to have a client with this much money ? Of course they understand the value of picking this battle!

    Mike K (2cf494)

  21. Thank you, Lord Nazh. I needed that.

    JD (25da56)

  22. Any guess as to his the jail conditions? Are rats chewing on his protruding parts (hopefully) or is it like a five-star hotel?

    Old Coot (83c1d1)

  23. the

    Old Coot (83c1d1)

  24. I don’t see that someone has posted this before, so here’s a link to the actual court transcript of the plea bargain Polanski entered into in 1977. The site also includes links to the victim’s grand jury testimony and the probation report that recommended no jail time. It all makes interesting reading.

    Polanski Plea Bargain

    Peccator Dubius (8c5888)

  25. Any time JD; it makes me feel less raaacist to denounce fellows on occasion.

    Plus it helps lower my Bp when discussing anal-rape Polanski

    Lord Nazh (899dce)

  26. Mike K.

    Well, of course i understand the cheesy, greedy motivation. but i am just saying, it is almost legal malpractice. they are harming their client’s case by making this argument.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  27. Btw, i will also add that if i was his lawyer, i would refuse to even argue he should be released. It is such an open and shut matter, i would know that i could only harm my credibility before the court to even try, and that is a commodity i want to conserve for the more important issue of extradition (after extradition, presumably he will have new, American, counsel). Not that they are likely to win on extradition, but its their best shot. Too many lawyers do not understand the value of picking your battles.

    If you are a criminal defense lawyer, switch to another area. I’ve taken cases over from guys like you, who did not want to hurt their credibility and damage their precious little reputations. One of them was a kidnapping, rape, double murder, in a death penalty state. My client is serving eighty years with day to day good time.

    nk (df76d4)


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