Appeals court rules hearing can go forward
Roman Polanski’s attorneys have lost their bid to disqualify all Los Angeles Superior Court judges from considering their request to dismiss the 31-year-old sex case against the fugitive director.The California 2nd District Court of Appeal issued the decision Monday, and also lifted a stay on all proceedings. Polanski’s attorney, Chad Hummel, claimed the entire Los Angeles Superior Court bench is biased against the director. Prosecutors countered that the claim was frivolous. Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles in 1978 but fled to France before he could be sentenced. Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini says a new date for the hearing will be set Tuesday.