Sunday, September 27, 2009

Looks like Hollywoods favorite child molester is finally going to face justice

I refer of course to Roman Polanski, the child-molesting bail-jumper who fled the US for shelter in France after pleading guilty to raping a 13 year old girl in 1977, and who has enjoyed wealth and fame and the adoration of his Hollywood peers ever since, all while thumbing his nose at the American judicial system.

Switzerland just snatched his ass up and is offering him to the US, finally putting and end to his days of skiing and fine dining all over Europe, at least in countries that he knew would not honor America's extradition requests.
ZURICH – Director Roman Polanski was arrested by Swiss police as he flew in for the Zurich Film Festival and faces possible extradition to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl, authorities said Sunday.

Polanski was scheduled to receive an honorary award at the festival when he was apprehended Saturday at the airport, the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement. It said U.S. authorities have sought the arrest of the 76-year-old director around the world since 2005.

"There was a valid arrest request and we knew when he was coming," ministry spokesman Guido Balmer told The Associated Press. "That's why he was taken into custody."

ZURICH – Director Roman Polanski was arrested by Swiss police as he flew in for the Zurich Film Festival and faces possible extradition to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl, authorities said Sunday.

Polanski was scheduled to receive an honorary award at the festival when he was apprehended Saturday at the airport, the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement. It said U.S. authorities have sought the arrest of the 76-year-old director around the world since 2005.

"There was a valid arrest request and we knew when he was coming," ministry spokesman Guido Balmer told The Associated Press. "That's why he was taken into custody."

In 1977, he was accused of raping the teenager while photographing her during a modeling session. The girl said Polanski plied her with champagne and part of a Quaalude pill at Jack Nicholson's house while the actor was away. She said that, despite her protests, he performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her.
Of course his actually going to prison for his crimes is still in doubt, since we have Eric "show me the money" Holder sitting in the Attorney General's office. Holder, when a Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration, brokered the deal where another fugitive felon, Marc Rich, was allowed to return to the US and receive a pardon from then-President Bill Clinton in exchange for hefty donations to Clinton's library fund and his wife's Senate campaign made by Rich's ex-wife Denise. Holder also arranged clemency deals for 16 Puerto-Rican terrorists, again ostensibly to help gain the support of the Puerto-Rican community in New York for Mrs. Clinton's senate run. Eric Holder proved then that justice was merely a commodity to be bought and sold for political or financial gain, and he's shown us just recently that he still plays that game, only for Obama this time, when he dismissed the convictions of three Black Panthers on charges of voter intimidation in Philadelphia.

Polanski certainly has to know what sort of slug Eric Holder is, and if he hasn't already arranged for some cash to flow to Obama or certain key Democrats, I'm sure that he has people working on it. So it's up to us all to keep our eye on the ball and let Holder know that his days of selling pardons and commutations to thieves, terrorists and child molesters is over.

And as for Polanski, I look forward to him finally seeing the inside of a US prison, hopefully one where he can switch from directing to acting...and by "act", I mean act like Ned Beatty in the film Deliverance.

6 comments:

  1. Does it mean nothing to you that Polanski's wife and unborn son were slaughtered by the Manson family? Does it mean nothing to you that Polanski survived a concentration camp when his other relatives died at the hands of the Nazi's?
    What he did to the thirteen year old what awful, but don't you think that he may have been fighting a few demons and not in his right mind?
    I generally agree with you on everything, but a few years ago his victim did an interview where she admitted that she had told everyone at the party she was 18.
    That doesn't excuse Polanski, but I think that calling him a child molester is a bit of a stretch.
    I'm in no way excusing him for anything, but you have got to admit the man has suffered losses that would drive anyone stark staring mad.

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  2. Sorry Heather, I'm not willing to excuse him. Lots of people have had rough patches in their lives, but in his case, most of his has been luxurious. He also had the opportunity to have his day in court and defend himself, but he chose to plead guilty, and then when it looked like he might actually have to do time, he used his wealth and connections to flee, and he continued living his live of luxury while laughing at our country and our attempts to hold him to the same standard as any other accused.

    As to his victim, I cannot believe that he could not tell the difference between a thirteen year old and an eighteen year old, and I don't care much about that, either. It was his responsibility to know, just like in every other statutory rape case, and I also don't find her terribly credible as she's living pretty well right now as the recipient of quite a bit of Polanski's money.

    Bottom line: he pled guilty in a court of law. If he wants the court to consider his past in sentencing, that's his right to ask. But I can't and won't say "Gee, he had a couple of bad days in his otherwise great life so he should be able to just walk away from any criminal convictions."

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  3. I hope he gets locked up. but who knows any more.

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  4. Maybe the Swiss will "accidentally" permanently get rid of him for us. "gee, we let him go to the bathroom and he must have jumped thru the window." One could always hope.....

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  5. Heather....

    A LOT of people had crappy childhood lives and/or experienced terrible things into their adult lives. But that does NOT excuse them from committing crimes themselves. He is a rapist. He made that choice himself. And he deserves to be punished.

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  6. Anonymous10:54 PM

    I don't care if he would have directed a good movie like Iron Man or the greatest film of all time Patton.

    He violated a young girl in a viscous and brutal manner. By definition he is a child molester. Surviving bad things does not mean that if later in life you do bad things that you can't possibly be held accountable for the bad things you do.

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