Polanski’s Legal Team: Renewed Calls for Investigation

A day after Roman Polanski was freedd by Swiss authorities, his U.S. legal team is calling for “an impartial third party” to investigate allegations of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct at the time of his 1977 case.

The statement from the director’s lawyers also was a blistering attack on the current actions of the District Attorney, arguing that they have not fulfilled the role to be the “guardian of systemic integrity” bceause they have not addressed allegations that the judge and prosecutors in Polanski’s initial case engaged in unethical activity.

His attorneys, Chad Hummel, Douglas Dalton and Bart Dalton, suggested that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or Attorney general Jerry Brown appoint a commission to look into the allegations, and then make them public.

The Swiss government cited the refusal of U.S. authorities to provide records of an interview conducted earlier this year with Roger Gunson, a prosecutor on Polanski’s case in 1977. Although it is under seal, Polanski’s attorneys said it would have proven that the director already had served his time and therefore would not be subject to extradition.

“As officers of the court, we again urge that a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances of this case take place now, including into the reasons why the specific request for information made by the Swiss was not honored,” Polanski’s legal team said.

They also challenged a State Department officials assertion that the extradition was denied on a “technicality,” saying that the evidence from the Gunson interview was not “insignificant.”

The complete statement is below:


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