Polanski lawyers seek sentence in absentia



LOS ANGELES - Attorneys for Roman Polanski on Wednesday filed a motion requesting the director be sentenced "in absentia" to resolve his 1978 child sex case, court filings showed.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza scheduled a January 22 hearing to consider the request, which would allow Polanski to be sentenced without being present in court.
Espinoza and Los Angeles prosecutors have repeatedly stated Polanski can only be sentenced if he returns to the United States in person.



Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
Polanski is under house arrest in Switzerland, where he has been held since his detention last September on an arrest warrant.
The Oscar-winning film-maker fled the United States in 1978 before he was sentenced on charges of having unlawful sex with a minor.
A California appeals court last month rejected a bid by Polanski's legal team to have the decades-old case dismissed on the grounds of judicial misconduct during the initial proceedings.
Polanski lawyers alleged the trial judge who had been due to sentence the director had planned to go back on a previously agreed plea deal after improperly colluding with prosecutors.
Despite rejecting the Polanski appeal, the court at last month's hearing called for "an urgent exploration" of the misconduct abuses alleged by the director's lawyers.
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Thursday, January 7th 2010
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