Roman Polanski

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How long does the long arm of the law stretch?

Roman Polanski is looking to find out. The Oscar winner, currently under house arrest in Gstaad, Switzerland, has asked that a judge in Los Angeles sentence him in absentia for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in 1977. Polanski fled the U.S. before he could be sentenced.

When not penning thank-you notes to well-wishers, the chateau-bound fugitive wrote to Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza asking for a long-distance decision. The judge has indicated that no such action will occur before a hearing on Jan. 22.

Until then, the 76-year-old director will remain in Gstaad awaiting a decision on whether he will be extradited back to the United States.  

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