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Polanski Waits in Swiss Chalet While His Victim's Lawyer Argues to Drop Case
Director Roman Polanski is now confined to a chalet in a Swiss resort town, having posted the $4.5 million bail to release him from prison, but the next steps in his criminal case remain undetermined. Yesterday in Los Angeles the wish to have the original charges against him of sexual misconduct dropped was discussed in court, as the lawyer representing his victim, Samantha Geimer, presented arguments in favor of dropping the 32-year-old case, according to an AP report published on CBS2.com.
Geimer, now 39, has made public pleas to abandon prosecution of Polanski. Since his September arrest in Switzerland, extradition to Los Angeles has loomed for the 77-year-old Chinatown director, where he would finally face the sentencing he evaded in 1978. In 2008 an HBO documentary about the case and trial brought to light alleged misconduct on the part of the now-deceased presiding judge, but motions raised in court were stalled because Polanski refused to return to L.A. to appear in court in person as demanded.
Of course he wasn't there yesterday in court for the "lively hearing where appellate justices peppered lawyers and a prosecutor with pointed questions, often interrupting their arguments to raise new issues." No decision about the case was made; the issue continues to be whether the court can dismiss the case with Polanski not present.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.