Movie director Roman Polanski is back in the news. He’s been living in Europe for almost four decades after fleeing the United States in early 1978 on the eve of being sentenced for raping a minor. You can read the complaint and grand jury testimony from 1977 on the Documents page. Polanski had reached a plea deal and hoped for a non-incarceration sentence–either credit for the 42 days he had already served during a psychiatric evaluation or another equally light sentence. At the eleventh hour, he reportedly received a tip that the judge was going to send him to jail for more time than Polanksi expected. That’s when he fled the country. The State of California through the Los Angeles DA’s office is prosecuting the case and has tried over the years to extradite Polanski so that he can be…

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