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    Roman polanski let off

    Roman polanski has basically been let off again


    BBC News - US 'disappointed' by Swiss Polanski extradition ruling

    Its very upsetting that we live in a world where being a famous director can get you let off of some os the worse crimes.
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    Re: Roman polanski let off

    Well, I think the guy's a sleeze bucket, but another article I read said that the U.S. did not provide the information requested by the Swiss in a timely manner. A representative for the U.S. said:
    "We think it sends a very important message regarding how women and girls are treated around the world," he added. "To push this case aside based on technicalities we think is regrettable."
    I find that quote highly amusing since our own legal system is bogged down in "technicalities" every time we turn around.
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    Re: Roman polanski let off

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I find that quote highly amusing since our own legal system is bogged down in "technicalities" every time we turn around.
    That and all the people whose lives are destroyed every year because of technicalities.

    That's all a legal system is -- technicalities.

    For better or for worse, what the word really means is "someone noticed the law doesn't say what I want it to say, and that pisses me off."
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    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Roman polanski let off

    "We think it sends a very important message regarding how women and girls are treated around the world,"

    Yea, Switzerland is well known for treating females very badly. They even sell Cuban cigars

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    Re: Roman polanski let off

    Somewhat disappointing, but not really surprising.

    I might care more about this if Polanski's victim, now an adult woman, had not said something to the effect that she didn't want to see him punished. If the victim doesn't care, I have to wonder why I should care.

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    Re: Roman polanski let off

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    That and all the people whose lives are destroyed every year because of technicalities.

    That's all a legal system is -- technicalities.

    For better or for worse, what the word really means is "someone noticed the law doesn't say what I want it to say, and that pisses me off."
    You're absolutely right. There is quite an uproar over Polanski being let off because of a technicality, but technicalities can also go to a prosecutor's favor in other cases. So I agree with you.

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    Re: Roman polanski let off

    Quote Originally Posted by mikhail View Post
    Roman polanski has basically been let off again


    BBC News - US 'disappointed' by Swiss Polanski extradition ruling

    Its very upsetting that we live in a world where being a famous director can get you let off of some os the worse crimes.
    I would say it's good to live in a world where you can't be extradited if your government fails to make its case against you.

    I hope this will be the end of the matter. It's gone on far too long, IMO.

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    Re: Roman polanski let off

    As it turns out, the lawyers are running the government and making all the rules. The law has gotten so complex that you need lawyer(s) to interpret it for you.

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    Re: Roman polanski let off

    Nice spin here have to admit it..

    BBC News - Switzerland rejects US extradition of Roman Polanski is the original story and not the reply by the US.. there is a very key sentence missing in the debate.

    The justice ministry said that the US authorities had failed to provide confidential testimony about Polanski's original sentencing procedure.
    Hence it is the US authorities that failed to document fully their case against Polanski, and hence the Swiss had no choice but to deny the request.

    As for Polanski himself.. its a 30 year old case.. get over it. It was the US legal system that was stupid enough to give a rich famous dual citizenship man bail on child sex charges.. talk about a flight risk. Even the girl involved does not care anymore.
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    Re: Roman polanski let off

    While I would have preferred that Mr. Polanski would have been extradited, the Swiss Court made the only ruling it could when the U.S. refused to furnish material information. An Associated Press story published in The New York Times revealed:

    The Swiss government said it sought confidential testimony given on Jan. 26 by Roger Gunson, the Los Angeles prosecutor in charge of the original Polanski case from the 1970s. Washington rejected the request.

    The U.S. should have furnished the information. That way, the Swiss Court would have been in a position to rule based on the merits. But with incomplete information, such a decision was not possible.

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