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Roman Polanski's Lawyers Appeal Rape Case, Claim Misconduct In 1977

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We wouldn't expect anything less from him.

Roman Polanski's attorneys have filed an appeal asking that a special counsel investigate any potential shady business or misconduct in his 32 year trial for having sex with a 13-year-old!

According to original prosecutor Richard Gunson, the original judge had a secret agenda to give Polanski a harsher sentence than legally allowed, but when Gunson attempted to challenge it, his superiors intevervened!

The appeal states:

"Far more serious misconduct, which has been hidden by the prosecution in this case for years, occurred at the highest levels of the district attorney's office in August 1977. Two of the most senior supervising deputies in the office at that time had secret … communications with Judge Rittenband about his misconduct in this case, which Rittenband confirmed to them, and they failed to inform the defence or seek Rittenband's disqualification."

Polanski's lawyers hope to use this information to persuade the current judge, Peter Espinoza, to dismiss the case and allow Polanksi back into the country.

Polanski is currently under house arrest in Switzerland, whose authorities will only extradite the filmmaker if the US agrees to sentence him to at least six months in prison. Espinoza has stated he will only consider Polanski's appeal for dismissal if he can physically appear in the courtroom to argue his case!

Eek!!

Sounds like you're stuck in a lose-lose no matter what you do, Polanski!!

Karma's a real bitch, ain't it?

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