Bad for the Glass: No Roman Polanski Deal, But Sides Have TalkedPosted: March 20, 2017 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, France, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Academy Awards, California, Harland Braun, Lancaster, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County District Attorney, Plea, Roman Polanski Leave a comment
The Gunson testimony has been at the heart of attempts to resolve the case. Taken on a provisional basis when it appeared Gunson’s life might be in danger from illness, it touches on a supposedly broken promise by the late Judge Laurence Rittenband to limit Polanski’s sentence for a 1977 statutory rape conviction to time he served during a prison psychiatric evaluation. Only a month ago, Braun insisted that opening the sealed testimony was among his principal aims.
“I am only interested in obtaining the Gunson transcript and obtaining a ruling on whether a California court will respect the ruling of the Polish Court,” he wrote in a February 21 email, which referred both to the testimony and to a determination in a Polish extradition hearing that Polanski should remain free.
That Braun, at least for purposes of the Monday hearing, was pushing his Gunson demand to the side lent credence to what my colleague Dominic Patten has spotted: Rumors that Polanski’s lawyer and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, though still at loggerheads in court, have been talking.
Another straw in the wind was Braun’s courtroom explanation of his request that the district attorney agree to at least a temporary suspension of an outstanding warrant for Polanski’s arrest, so that he might fly in from France without fear of apprehension … (read more)