POLL: Should Roman Polanski be extradited?

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Roman Polanski in 2011 (© Georges Biard)

Last week Roman Polanski, the accomplished Polish-French director of such films as Rosemary’s Baby and The Pianist, appeared once again in court, this time in Kraków when Judge Dariusz Mazur weighed whether or not to extradite him to the United States over charges of unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. At the time, Polanski pleaded guilty to one charge in a plea bargain over the rape of then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer. But he fled the US before he could be sentenced when the American judge threatened to renege on an earlier promise of leniency.

Polanski has already avoided being extradited from Canada, France, Israel, Thailand and Switzerland, in spite of his his Interpol warrant. Geimer, who received a private financial settlement from Polanski, has called for the charges to be dropped, and many supporters, including a host of other influential filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and David Lynch, argue that the 81-year-old poses no threat to society over a 48-year-old crime. Others, however, feel that Polanski has received special treatment because of his celebrity status and should be made to answer for his wrongdoing in court regardless of any other factors.

Judge Mazur has adjourned the court until April, citing the need to translate and study documents related to the case.

What do you think? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Should the Polish government extradite Roman Polanski to the United States?

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11 thoughts on “POLL: Should Roman Polanski be extradited?

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    March 3, 2015 at 10:26 pm
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    The news in the legal domain emanating lately from America is not inviting confidence, alas.

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    March 3, 2015 at 11:05 pm
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    It’s not a question of whether he’s a threat or not. The fact is he’s a low life coward who, rather than face up to the consequences, ran away.

    Just another celebrity who is morally corrupt. An embarrassment to Poland.

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      March 8, 2015 at 6:55 am
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      Geez Andy,

      obviously you are not Polish as most Poles love Romek. He has paid a heavy price for his sole transgression and unlike half of the British celebrity set, he is not a serial paedophile.

      Cheers

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      March 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm
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      Why is Polanski any different? Poland extradites every person to the United States because they are too corrupt and do not follow their Constitution. Check out article 604 point A. It is against the law to send any Polish Citizen even if they have a treaty in place with the United States. They are all corrupt and a bunch of bullshit artists and racist pigs in Poland. Polanski is a criminal but should not be extradited because of the law not because of his icon status

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        March 7, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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        What’s race got to do with this? Your next to last sentence constitutes hate speech.

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        March 14, 2015 at 3:16 pm
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        Whenever modern countries does not extradites their citizen, it’s only because they have provisions to judge their citizen from crimes they may have committed on foreign soil. If you dont want to extradite then you have to charge and judge.

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    March 4, 2015 at 1:06 am
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    if justice is indeed blind, who he is should not matter, nor his age nor any other issues…he should face the court, make his defense and accept the decision whatever it may be.

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    March 4, 2015 at 8:00 am
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    I wonder about the responsibility of the girl’s mother who dropped off a 13 year old at a photo shoot knowing alcohol is served.

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    April 9, 2015 at 5:57 pm
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    he raped a little girl. he should go to prison

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    April 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm
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    Sad so very sad. How does society or the system pick and choose which pedophile should be prosecuted and which can be a hero? Many Poles love their country and stand for justice. How can some in society discriminate though, a German Nazi should be punished but a Jewish pedophile a so called hero and should get to walk? The man to many may I say without malice is a coward and should have his day in court and let justice decide did he do what he was accused of or not? As a child I heard of victims of pedophiles. Some pedophiles were connected. One was a Tory candidate for Parliament. Rich business owner and so very connected. Just like Polanski. It took the kids years to bring the man to justice. Justice and closure should be what people are asking. The truth to be told and justice to be done. Many victims get tired of the fight. But many pedophiles never tire of their lust for things younger and the abuse of them! Please officials in Poland, let the court decide fairly. Not just for today, but for the past and the future of our children.

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