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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Panache View Post
    Didn't Samantha Geimer ask for the charges to be dismissed? That should be basis enough to dismiss the charges.
    I think the problem with that is that the charges are over and done with. He had plead guilty. He was merely awaiting sentencing when he fled. There's no trial to be had on that front.
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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Panache View Post
    Didn't Samantha Geimer ask for the charges to be dismissed? That should be basis enough to dismiss the charges.
    No they should not.

    In cases of domestic violence for example, often the injured party will want to drop any charges later on (spouse or girl/boyfriend) in that case it is to late and the state can press charges.

    Violent crimes should not be forgiven because of "time" that is why on most forcible felony's no expiration date now exists.
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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anima View Post
    So past trauma = no punishment for raping a child? Being victimised should not entitle one to victimise others. I've no doubt Polanski has suffered in his life, but that's no excuse for the sufering he inflicted on that poor girl. Do you think the knowledge that his wife had been murdered (and I fail to see how her's being a high profile case makes the slightest bit of difference to the punishment this child rapist deserves) made her trauma even the slightest bit easier to deal with?
    I'm not saying that Polanski should receive no punishment. Truth is, had the judge in Los Angeles upheld the plea agreement that was reached back in the 70's, Polanski would have been sentenced to time served - 42 days.

    Now, does a six-week sentence for raping a child seem fair to you? It doesn't seem just to me, but I'm not the prosecutor, defense counsel, or the judge. However, that was the agreement that was supposedly reached, and - whether I like it or not - that is what Polanski should, in all fairness, be sentenced to for raping the girl.

    Insofar as the unlawful flight to avoid prosecution charge - sentence him to a month in jail, then deport him from the United States and mark his passport persona non grata for travel to the United States.
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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpotsCat View Post
    Insofar as the unlawful flight to avoid prosecution charge - sentence him to a month in jail, then deport him from the United States and mark his passport persona non grata for travel to the United States.
    He should get what any other person would get for fleeing from the law for so long. And it would be much more than a month in jail. He's not special just because of who he is, he should face the same justice. Had the judge not upheld the original plea, there were things he could have done instead. Fact remains, had he manned up and taken his medicine; the lot of the problem would have been resolved rather quickly and he would today be totally free to come to America. But he didn't, that was his choice. He made a plea and fled the country. He gets what he has coming to him.
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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    I think the problem with that is that the charges are over and done with. He had plead guilty. He was merely awaiting sentencing when he fled. There's no trial to be had on that front.
    That is perhaps how it is. I was speaking of how it should be.

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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Panache View Post
    That is perhaps how it is. I was speaking of how it should be.
    How it should be is that Polanski should have showed up for his sentencing. If there was any funny business they could have gotten it cleared up rather quickly. Then we wouldn't even have to be concerned with anything now as it would have all been over 30 years ago.
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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    How it should be is that Polanski should have showed up for his sentencing. If there was any funny business they could have gotten it cleared up rather quickly. Then we wouldn't even have to be concerned with anything now as it would have all been over 30 years ago.
    Perhaps that how it should have been. I am saying how I think it should be now.

    Certainly I agree that if she hadn't requested that the sentence be dropped that he should go to jail, but it seems silly to send someone to jail for raping someone who has requested that he not be sent to jail.

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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    No they should not.

    In cases of domestic violence for example, often the injured party will want to drop any charges later on (spouse or girl/boyfriend) in that case it is to late and the state can press charges.

    Violent crimes should not be forgiven because of "time" that is why on most forcible felony's no expiration date now exists.
    Why shouldn't the injured party be allowed to drop charges later on? If some kid steals my car, and I want to press charges at first because I am pissed off, why shouldn't I be allowed to have a change of heart if I later on decide that sending him to prison will just teach him how to be a better criminal?

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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Panache View Post
    Perhaps that how it should have been. I am saying how I think it should be now.

    Certainly I agree that if she hadn't requested that the sentence be dropped that he should go to jail, but it seems silly to send someone to jail for raping someone who has requested that he not be sent to jail.
    What should happen now is that he is brought back to America and brought up on charges of fleeing the country.
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    Re: Should Roman Polanski be punished for his crime?

    What should happen now is that he is brought back to America and brought up on charges of fleeing the country.
    Ok, I agree with that. I think those are the only charges he should be punished for though. Sentencing for charges against Geimer should be dismissed.

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