Roman Polanski is depressed:
Roman Polanski is depressed and in an “unsettled state of mind” as he begins his third week in a Zurich jail, his attorney told two Swiss newspapers.
Attorney Herve Temime has visited Polanski in jail, where he faces extradition to Los Angeles for sentencing after having pleaded guilty three decades ago to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
“I found him to be tired and depressed,” Temime told the Sonntag newspaper.
He was quoted in the newspaper NZZ as saying Polanski “seemed very dejected when I visited him.”
I have only one question: who cares?
Criminal defendants who are incarcerated are often depressed — but if they are incarcerated because of their own actions, you don’t usually see newspaper articles about it.
What about the depression this rape and its aftermath caused the victim? A depression that is constantly blamed on my employer, the L.A. County D.A. (for whom I do not speak), but which is fairly blamed on the rapist: Mr. Polanski.
There is no mention of her feelings.
There should be.
But this is how Big Media operates: when the leftists writing the story sympathize with the prisoner — such as Polanski, or Gitmo detainees — we get to read about how sad they are while locked up. If the prisoner is unpopular — say, for example, someone accused of a hate crime against a gay victim — you’d never see such a story in a million years. “My client is depressed,” the lawyer would say. “Who cares?” reporters would say.
And that’s what they should say here. The fact that they don’t indicates a lingering feeling of sympathy towards this child rapist.
It’s time to get over that, Big Media. A Dog Bites Man Story is just that — even if the dog is a famous director.