Last week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin rejected Roman Polanski's motion for a new hearing, according to the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times. Polanski's U.S. legal team includes famed attorney Alan M. Dershowitz, former Harvard Law professor.
The judge ruled the case cannot be addressed because Polanski, 81, remains a fugitive living outside of the United States. The director famously fled to France in 1977 after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
In 1977, Polanski pled guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot. He served 42 days in prison as part of a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation that his lawyers say they were led to believe, through private conversations with the prosecutor and judge, would be the full extent of jail time he would serve. His lawyers say the judge then reneged on the agreement and sought to imprison him once more and eventually deport the director, prompting him to flee to France.
Polanski has spent the years since in exile from the United States, as well as avoiding countries that have extradition agreements with the United States.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles have now asked Poland to extradite Polanski to the United States over his 1977 conviction, Reuters reports. A spokesman for Poland's prosecutor general told the AP that the country, as a general rule, does not extradite its citizens.
Jerzy Stachowicz, a lawyer representing Polanski in Poland, said they would fight the extradition attempt.