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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    He should be punished. It is important to show that being rich and famous enough to flee the country does not excuse you from justice.

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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by other View Post
    yes, lets.



    so the law doesn't apply to 72 year olds?



    so just because the victim has the decency to forgive and move on with her life that negates the confession?

    what about the fact that he also broke the law by running from his crime? Just because he got away and over the year's the victim has forgiven negates the fact that he should be held responsible for his actions?

    That's a great message to send to all the potential criminals out there.



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    that liberals wish to let child molesters go scot free because they skipped town for a certain period of time, breaking additional laws in the process?

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    i'm not so sure the out of court settlement of the lawsuit didn't contribute greatly to the victim's "forgiveness".

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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    i'm not so sure the out of court settlement of the lawsuit didn't contribute greatly to the victim's "forgiveness".
    certainly a possibility, but it doesn't negate a confession and the fact that he was a fugitive from justice for years.

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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by other View Post
    yep. this child molester's not exempt from the law.
    you say this knowing that the woman involved has said she wants it over that it is ruining her life. interesting. i guess no one really does care about this woman. it is a shame.
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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by katiegrrl0 View Post
    you say this knowing that the woman involved has said she wants it over that it is ruining her life. interesting. i guess no one really does care about this woman. it is a shame.
    I care about the law. If you break the law, you deserve the punishment.

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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by katiegrrl0 View Post
    you say this knowing that the woman involved has said she wants it over that it is ruining her life. interesting. i guess no one really does care about this woman. it is a shame.
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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by katiegrrl0 View Post
    you say this knowing that the woman involved has said she wants it over that it is ruining her life. interesting. i guess no one really does care about this woman. it is a shame.
    and who's to blame for all this? For ruining her life? POLANSKI.

    I do not think she should be forced to testify, he already confessed. Plus they need to charge him for running.

    I think it's a shame that anyone would oppose his prosecution for raping a defenseless young girl. Then running to france and living his life as if he'd done nothing wrong.
    Last edited by other; 09-29-09 at 06:50 PM.

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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Perhaps you might want to get the facts straight before you render an opinion on this matter:

    First of all, Polanski entered into a plea agreement with the District Attorney which the judge reneged on. It is extremely rare for a judge to interpose themselves in matters such as this. The Judge does not have the same breadth of information regarding the case that the defense and the prosecutor have. Had the judge not reneged, Polanski would have received a "time served" offer. The judge wanted him to serve multiple years in prison.

    Perhaps the reason for the discrepancy was that there was a lot of things unknown regarding the case and likely difficult for the prosecution to get a conviction. What is clear is that this is not the case of a pedophile picking up a 13 year old and raping them. This case involved the girl and her mother essentially attempting to get a break in Hollywood through sexual favors. That doesn't make it right, but it makes it a different type of case. It is also unclear whether Polanski actually knew the girl was underage. Most accounts indicate that the girl looked and carried herself as substantially older.


    Because of these factors, the District Attorney understood that they had problems with proof in the case and very likely would not be able to get a conviction. As a result, they offered a plea deal to Polanski which he accepted.

    What Polanski did and his fleeing are certainly not commendable, however, many of the problems were created by the judge who was not aware of the weakness of the DA's case.

    Polanski should be sentenced pursuant to the original deal which was "time served" and probation.
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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Do you think Polanski should be punished for his crime? (Note: I'm not asking if you think the Swiss should extradite him, as that's a completely separate issue. I'm just asking if he should be punished from a criminal justice perspective.)
    I agree they are separate issues. Yes I belive he should be punished if obtained legally which I believe is the case here.

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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by other View Post
    and who's to blame for all this? For ruining her life? POLANSKI.
    Well...according to her, the courts and media circus have caused her more harm than Polanski ever did. Take that for what you will.

    Quote Originally Posted by other
    I do not think she should be forced to testify, he already confessed. Plus they need to charge him for running.
    I agree that he should be brought to justice for his crime, but I disagree that he should be charged for running. The statute of limitations HAS expired for that crime, and since it's not a major crime (unlike his original offense) I think that one should be allowed to slide. However, he should be extradited to the United States to face sentencing for the crime to which he pleaded guilty.

    Quote Originally Posted by other
    I think it's a shame that anyone would oppose his prosecution for raping a defenseless young girl. Then running to france and living his life as if he'd done nothing wrong.
    Actually he doesn't even need to be prosecuted; he already pleaded guilty to that crime. He just needs to be sentenced.

    This is a big cultural divide between the Anglosphere and continental Europe. I think we Americans are more likely to believe that no one should be above the law, and that the time since the original offense does not lessen it (at least in some cases). It seems like the French are more likely to consider a person's accomplishments and overall character instead of just the actual offense.

    I'm not saying that one view is right or wrong...but I would tend to agree that he should face the consequences of his actions despite the elapsed time and despite his other accomplishments.
    Last edited by Kandahar; 09-29-09 at 07:09 PM.
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