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Judge denies request to extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S.

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Roman Polanski will get to stay in Poland after all, as the country’s Supreme Court has denied U.S. efforts to extradite the director, Variety reports. This latest ruling effectively ends legal efforts to bring Polanski back to the United States to serve out the remainder of his sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl back in 1977. The director left the country that year because his lawyers learned the judge was going to make him serve his full 90-day psychiatric evaluation (of which he’d served 42 days) before arranging for deportation. In 2015, a Polish court denied an extradition request, but according to The Daily Mail, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro appealed that decision, telling the court “no one should be above the law.”

Supreme Court Judge Michal Laskowski told the publication that, since this was an appeal, the ruling was not based on the merits of the rape case against Polanski, but an assessment of whether due process was violated. The court found no “flagrant violation of the law.” Of the ruling, Polanski’s lawyer Jerzy Stachowicz said “We’re very happy. We hope one day it will be over in the United States.” So it looks like our time spent feeling awful about the world in general won’t be interrupted anytime soon.

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