So Roman Polanski goes free! The sound you hear is the exhalation of breath echoing through the Halls of Hollywood. A Swiss news agency released the following item:
Polanski was charged with giving drugs and alcohol to a 13-year-old girl before raping her at Jack Nicholson’s Hollywood home in 1977. According to Polanski, the teen had consented. He spent 42 days in prison undergoing psychiatric evaluation and then fled the country prior to sentencing. He recently sought dismissal of his case on the grounds of misconduct by the now-deceased judge who had arranged a plea bargain and then reneged on it. Earlier this year the girl – now woman – involved also filed to have the charges dismissed. At the time of Polanski’s Zurich arrest, many criticised the fact that the case was being brought up so many years after the incident. The Swiss Filmmakers Association described it as, "not only a grotesque farce of justice, but also an immense cultural scandal".
Justice Minister Widmer-Schlumpf then defended the arrest, saying: "It is the rule of law and everybody is treated the same way, whether it is an ordinary citizen or a famous personality."
It’s worth recalling that Richard Fine, Esq. (same age, see below) challenged the Court, and DID NOT RUN. He trusted that due process would work. (P.S. He’s still in solitary, over one year later.)
(Spoiler – irony) How DARE any country criticize the U.S. Justice system. We citizens TRUST it. It is PERFECT!