Calif. Court Won't Dismiss Polanski Case
Misconduct by original judge not sufficient to throw out charges
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2009 4:05 PM CST
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 29, 2008 file photo, Roman Polanski is seen in Oberhausen, western Germany.   (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil, File)

(Newser) – A California appeals court won't drop the statutory rape case against Roman Polanski on the basis of alleged judicial misconduct. A 70-page opinion issued today acknowledged the " extremely serious allegations " the fugitive director's raised about alleged misconduct by the judge who first handled the case in 1977. Polanksi remains under house arrest in Switzerland, Reuters reports.