Lawyers file petition for writ of mandate & stay

Roman Polanski’s hearing has been delayed until an appellate court determines whether to have the L.A. County Superior Court barred from the case.

His hearing had been skedded for Wednesday, but on Tuesday the director’s legal team filed a petition for writ of mandate and stay. The prosecution has until Jan. 30 to respond.

The prosecution and defense have been dickering over whether Polanski, a fugitive since 1978, must appear before the court in order to have sexual misconduct charges dismissed. The director is basing his latest attempt to clear his name on disclosures in the HBO docu “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.” Samantha Geimer, the victim in the case, has repeatedly requested that the charges be dropped and said on Jan. 12 that she would make the request in person if Polanski was unable to be there.

Polanski’s legal team tried to get the case moved out of L.A. County, claiming bias dating back 30 years. L.A. County Judge Peter Espinoza denied that Jan. 5 request, prompting Tuesday’s appellate court appeal.

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