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Roman Polanski’s Release: Are You on Team Switzerland?

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Switzerland's decision on Monday not to extradite film director Roman Polanski to Los Angeles for a trial on child sexual assault charges means that the Oscar-award-winning filmmaker can now visit several countries, including France, Switzerland, and Poland, that do not have extradition agreements with the United States.

The Swiss government's decision was based on the original handling of his case in 1977, when Polanski was arrested for child sexual assault and pleaded guilty to child statutory rape. At the time, he was imprisoned for 42 days, and the Swiss say that the U.S. government didn't provide adequate records of whether or not his time served should have been his full sentence for pleading guilty to statutory rape.

We're not legal experts, but something about the story of a 44-year-old director giving booze and Quaaludes to a 13-year-old girl before performing oral sex, sexual intercourse, and sodomy on her despite protests makes us feel that his 42-day stint in the slammer doesn't exactly absolve him of any wrongdoing.

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