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Polanski v. Sup. Ct., No. B217290

By FindLaw Staff on December 22, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In proceedings involving the criminal charges against fugitive movie director Roman Polanski, Polanski's petition to compel the trial court to dismiss the prosecution against him or, at least, to conduct an evidentiary hearing on his request, is denied as the trial court did not abuse its discretion in applying the fugitive disentitlement doctrine and refusing to consider dismissing the action.  In so ruling, the court of appeals does not disregard the extremely serious allegations of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct that have been raised, and urges the parties to take steps to investigate and to respond to the claims. 

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Appellate Information

Filed December 21, 2009


Opinion by Judge Zelon

For Appellant:   Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Chad S. Hummel, Diana M. Kwok, Benjamin G. Shatz; Douglas Dalton; and Bart P. Dalton

For Appellee:   Steve Cooley, District Attorney, Irene T. Wakabayashi, Phyllis C. Asayama and David Walgren, Deputy District Attorneys

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