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Polanski urges an end to LA sex case

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Polanski urges an end to LA sex case


Lawyers for the fugitive film director Roman Polanski have again called for an end to the 1977 sex case against him in America. His defence team was in court in Los Angeles, arguing that judicial misconduct in the trial should mean his guilty plea should be dismissed.

The film maker was arrested in Switzerland on a US warrant in September. Last week he was allowed to return to his Gstaad chalet to fight extradition to America.

Polanski fled the United States in 1978 fearing that a plea-bargain would be ignored and that he would be given a lengthy sentence. He had pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer, who was 13 at the time.

He has never been back to America, and could face two years in jail if he does return. The court is expected to rule on this latest appeal within three months, but said allegations of judicial misrule should only be addressed after he returns to Los Angeles.

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