Polanski: Sentence Me in Absentia
Court suggested procedure as solution to stalemate
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2010 6:57 PM CST
Roman Polanski is seen in in a 2008 photo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Roman Polanski today asked a Los Angeles judge to sentence him in absentia for his 1977 conviction for statutory rape—a move suggested earlier by an appellate court after it dismissed the director’s request to have the charges dismissed. Polanski, 76, is under house arrest in Switzerland as a judge there decides whether to extradite him to the US.