I can't believe France is protecting a child raper
The French are absolutely correct to do what they're doing.
It's wrong, but hey... cest la vie
A little rape never harmed anyone.
I don't think my opinion of France could get much lower, so this is about par for the course.
As far as the OP question, like Gipper, my view of France was already at rock bottom.
U.S./California handling of the Polanski case was a miscarriage of justice from the get-go.
They allowed the man to plea down to a sentence of 90 days evaluation in a psychiatric hospital followed by probation.
American authorities failed that little girl back when she was a little girl.
Today, that little girl is a grown woman, she's settled with Polanski in a civil suit for a not insignificant sum of money, and she's put the past behind her.
Today she accuses those authorities who insist on pursuing the extradition matter of grandstanding and attempting to build their personal reputations at the expense of not allowing her to leave her past in the past.
They're failing her just as baddy today as they did ~40 years ago.
It may actually be the French who hold the moral high ground in this debacle.
Understand that I am not saying I support Polanski or that I excuse what he did.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
But I do support the victim.
If letting this matter die is what will bring her peace then that's what America owes her.
“Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
1. It's my understanding that Polanski was never sentenced for the crime - I believe, if I'm not mistaken, there was prosecutorial misconduct in the trial and Polanski was ordered to a new trial and he skipped town before that trial began. I believe there was also a plea bargain of some sort that was abused or fell through. In any event, Polanski is wanted in the US for retrial, not to serve his sentence.
2. It's my understanding that Polanski has travelled extensively in Europe over the years, all with the clear knowledge of American authorities, and he was never detained until very recently. You have to ask yourself why, if the man is such a fugitive, he wasn't picked up any of dozens of times he was in countries with extradition treaties with the US.
This is not to say that I think Polanski is an upstanding, great guy - just to say there seems to be a lot going on in this matter that hasn't been widely known or disclosed over the years. In addition, I believe the young lady involved has forgiven Polanski and claims she doesn't wish to see him tried.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
You liberals normally just annoy me a little, but this is outright disgusting. You're going to rubber stamp the rape of a 13 year old girl simply because your buddies, the French, have done so?
So what if the girl (now woman, thanks to the passage of time) has tried to put it behind her? What do you expect her to do? She's not going to get any closure on this from the justice system thanks to the French. What would you expect her to do, for her own sanity?? OF COURSE she is going to say and do what she is doing.
That doesn't mean pedophilia and rape should go completely unpunished. My goodness.
I don't know how easy it is for the DA's office in Los Angeles to track someone's movements in Europe or what the paperwork involved would be to get someone extradited. I would imagine it's not so simple for a local DA's office to do this, especially for such an old case.
Unfortunately, Polanski will never answer for his crimes, and that, in itself, is a crime.
A lot of victims of pedophilia and rape forgive their attackers.
A lot of rape victims would rather not testify in court, and do not come forward.
This is NORMAL. It does NOT mean that rape and pedophilia should go unpunished.
Let's clear that up right now.