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Court Rejects Roman Polanski Appeal

Dec. 21 2009, Published 3:54 p.m. ET

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Roman Polanski's bid to have his sex case dismissed was rejected on Monday

by a California appeals court.

Read The Original Harrowing Testimony Of Roman Polanski Rape Victim

However, the California 2nd District Court of Appeal also said they were

concerned about possible judicial and prosecutorial misconduct.

"We encourage all participating parties to do their utmost to ensure that

this matter now draws to a close in a manner that fully addresses the issues

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of due process and fundamental fairness raised by the events of long ago,"

the court said.

Read about Polanski's arrest

The original judge who presided over Polanski's case has passed away but

there has been lingering doubt over how he handled the case. Polanski's

lawyers argued earlier in December that misconduct was grounds for dismissal

of the charge of having unlawful sex with a minor- something the court

disagreed with.

Polanski wants the case thrown out

Polanski is currently under house arrest at his Swiss chalet and the topic

of his extradition will be decided sometime in the new year.


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