Polanski Files New Appeal
Lawyers allege judicial misconduct in 1977 case
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Mar 19, 2010 5:23 AM CDT
Polanski in 2008.   (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil, File)

(Newser) – Roman Polanski's lawyers filed a new appeal yesterday, alleging judicial misconduct in the director's 1977 case. Polanski's team says that a prosecutor from the case gave secret testimony on the matter earlier this year. They are now asking for the transcripts of the testimony to be unsealed. They are also requesting that Polanski be sentenced to time served and spared a court appearance, the BBC reports.

Their appeal is the latest in a legal salvo that stretches back to the summer of 1977, when Polanski plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, but skipped bail and fled to France. The "Pianist" director is now under house arrest in Switzerland, fighting extradition. In January, an LA judge rejected his plea to be tried in absentia, Reuters notes.

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