Absent a successful appeal, Roman Polanski will not be sentenced in absentia.
A judge has rejected director Roman Polanski’s bid to be sentenced in absentia in a three-decade-old child-sex case.
Judge Peter Espinoza ruled that Polanski, 76, will have to come back Los Angeles to be sentenced.
“I have made it clear he needs to surrender,” the judge said.
Polanski’s attorneys said they would appeal.
The court also rejected an appeal by the victim:
Lawrence Silver, who represents Ms. Geimer, admonished the judge that officers of the court were obligated by a new victims’ rights provision in the California Constitution to honor her request for an examination of official corruption in the case. The judge said he did not “believe anyone anticipated” the victims’ rights provision, called Marcy’s Law, would be used in support of a defendant like Mr. Polanski, and turned down the request.