In October 2009 I wrote “the Swiss get it” as they agreed to extradite Roman Polanski back to the U.S. to face charges of sodomy, rape and drugging a 13 year old girl in 1977. The extradition would come after the the U.S. provided requested paperwork, which eventually included records from a January 2010 hearing in Los Angeles.
Polanski’s attorneys argued that in 1977 an L.A. judge ruled that Polanski’s 42 days in a psychiatric unit in a California prison fulfilled the entire sentencing of the child rapist, who jumped bail and fled the country the night before sentencing. The original judge in the case, Laurence J. Rittenband, died in 1993. The January 2010 hearing was to examine the Judge’s words and intentions. The U.S. refused to provide those sealed records, so Romanski, who has been living in a beautiful Swiss chalet under electronic monitoring, is now free.