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 04 April, 2017
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Dare we have hoped that finally Roman would have closure? Dare we have hoped that the United States Legal system would finally be willing to deal fairly with him? Not fucking likely. Sorry for the harsh word but it’s how I feel finding this out. According to many sources his plea for a resolve of his case was denied. Did we expect anything from the California Supreme Courts? Even the higher appellate court sides with Roman and his council in a quick resolve is to sentence in absentia and end it all, however, we all know this isn’t about closing this case, it’s all about the orange jumpsuit with him in shackles and leg irons. So draconian for an 83-year-old film director. Even when Samantha Geimer has constantly requested this case be closed and the charges against Roman be dropped they won’t do it. They won’t do what is right. However, California allowed director John Landis to get away with three counts of murder against actor Vic Morrow and children Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen. No one went to prison for that when there was clear evidence of fault and disgusting behaviour on behalf of the crew and the director. Let’s let them walk but let’s continue to pursue Roman. What threat is he, truly? Clearly none.

Roman Polanski jail plea rejected by US judge

Film-maker Roman Polanski has failed to win assurances from a US court that he will not face prison over a decades-old case involving sex with a minor.

A judge rejected a motion by Polanski’s lawyers who said he was willing to return to the US if he was assured he would not serve more time in jail.

Prosecutors said he should not receive special treatment as a celebrity.

Polanski, now 83, fled the US ahead of sentencing in 1978 after admitting having sex with a girl aged 13.

“Judge (Scott) Gordon has ruled that (the) defendant’s motions and corresponding requests are denied,” a document released on Monday from Los Angeles Superior Court said. The hearing itself took place last month.

Analysis: David Willis, BBC News, Los Angeles

It is the court case that refuses to die. A salacious story, the details of which remain hotly contested some 40 years after they occurred. Here though, once again, a judge has ruled that Roman Polanski cannot seek to litigate the matter from afar and that he must abandon his fugitive status and return to the US from his home in Paris if he is to seek resolution.

Not that the matter ends there. Later this month a hearing will take place in Los Angeles regarding a controversial piece of testimony which the award-winning director and his legal team are seeking to have unsealed. It consists of testimony by the original prosecutor in the case and is thought to contain allegations of misconduct by the trial judge.

Authorities in the US have tried for years to extradite the Oscar-winning director.

Polanski, best known for the films Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby and The Pianist, lives in France and has French and Polish citizenship.

In December, Poland’s Supreme Court rejected a request to have him extradited.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS

Swiss authorities turned down a US extradition warrant in 2010 after placing Polanski under house arrest for nine months.

 21 March, 2017
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Another post for today. Here are the screencaps of Roman’s film CHINATOWN, Here he plays a thug who cuts Jack Nicholson’s nose. I’m not including screencaps from the entire film, but stills, lobby cards, production photos, and posters from the film. The reason I’m not including screencaps from the entire film is due to space allotment on this site. With all the work I still have to get up in the gallery, I need that space for Sharon, Emmanuelle, Morgane and Roman’s other films. I hope you understand.

 20 March, 2017
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I have Sharon’s work from VALLEY OF THE DOLLS finally up in the gallery. Included is the soundtrack from the film, stills, production photos and publicity photos.

 13 March, 2017
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I wanted to give the heads up that I’m currently working on the Press Section. I’ve added many scanned articles to the gallery and am transcribing as I go. I really won’t be making a post everytime I add something since it’ll be too laborious to have to do so. Please feel free to check the gallery section for the scans and to keep an eye on the press section for the articles being added. So far there’s almost fifty pages to it.

 07 March, 2017
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Just like the title says, there is a new documentary or news special to air on 17 March, 2017 about the murders, this according to People Magazine. This special will cover the status of the killers as of today. The show will feature interviews with a lot of the original players including members of The Beach Boys and of course, Debra Tate. I’m not sure who else they’re going to talk to since most of the principles are dead unless they interviewed say Vincent Bugliosi before he died last June. I’m also not sure what they can glean from Debra Tate since she always seems to embellish her role and part in everything. The show will also include never before seen interviews with Manson and the other killers. Here’s hoping it’s good. I’m so tired of seeing the regurgitation of the case with no real new insight. I’ve set up the press section of the site to include the original September 2014 cover article on Sharon. Included will be the scans from the magazine, plus a link to where you can read the article in its entirety without having to shuffle between the pages in the gallery. Just click on the in the link below.

    
    

 07 March, 2017
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I know there hasn’t been any new updates in a while, and I’m sorry for that. I’ve been busy with another site where information has needed to be updated almost on a daily basis plus I’m setting up a press section over on that site like the one I have here. I’m hoping on the weekend to get to adding more content here. This site is going to be a huge one and I’m reopening the call for any contributors who would like to help out with biographies for the principles like Roman, Sharon, Emmanuelle, Morgane, Jay, Abigail, Voytek, Steven, Leno and Rosemary. So if anyone is interested, please submit your names to the notice in the sidebar. Thanks.

 07 March, 2017
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According to Page Six, Roman’s February 24th hearing was been put in hold. There was no reason given for the hold, other than the same requisite buck-passing. It seems Jackie Lacey as well as the State of California don’t seem to want to end this, certainly when they can gain political hay out of it by the delays. I swear they’re waiting till he kicks off. Samantha Geimer has stated that she believes the foot dragging is to yet again, cover their asses. They know what they did in treating Roman differently was wrong, yet they want to continue to make the public believe they were the aggrieved ones. Unbelievable.

Hearing in Roman Polanski case delayed

February 23, 2017

A hearing set for Friday to unseal evidence in the decades’ old Roman Polanski child sex case has been put on ice.

The Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday issued a notice saying that the hearing was nixed, but didn’t explain why. The court also did not provide a new date for the hearing.

Last week, Polanski’s attorney, Harland Braun, filed a motion to unseal the testimony of a former prosecutor who handled the “Chinatown” director’s 1977 criminal case involving sex with a minor.

Polanski has long held that the prosecutor reneged on a deal for him to spend 42 days at Chino State Prison in Chino, Calif.

The 83-year-old completed his stint in the lock-up and underwent psychiatric evaluation — and Braun now wants the court to honor the plea deal.

Polanski was accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl at the home of actor Jack Nicholson on March 10, 1977. He had lured her there on the pretext of photographing her for French Vogue.

The late Judge Laurence Rittenband initially signed off on the plea deal, but had a sudden change of heart and ordered Polanski to spend up to 50 years behind bars.

Polanski fled the United States and has lived in Paris, France, ever since as a fugitive.

In 2009, Polanski was captured while traveling through Zurich, Switzerland. He was jailed for over 300 days as U.S. authorities tried to no avail to extradite him back to the country.

Braun has been working with Los Angeles prosecutors to resolve the case so Polanski can travel freely throughout the world.

Polanski’s victim, Samantha Geimer, said last week she wants the “truth to get out” so the exiled film director can finally walk free.

“I think they should release it. I think the only reason they’re keeping it sealed is to cover up their own misconduct in the DA’s office and in the court,” Geimer told TMZ.

SOURCE: PAGE SIX

 25 February, 2017
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I found the segment of Too Young To Die online and thought I’d post it here for the weekend. The show talked about Sharon’s life with such friends as Gene Gutowski who was a part of the inner circle of Sharon and Roman’s friends. I have to say that I love Gene. Of all their friends Gene has been the most loving when talking about Sharon and Roman’s love and life. The only two downsides of this documentary is Elke Sommer, Sharon’s THE WRECKING CREW co-star and Sharon’s sister, Debra. Elke Sommer’s husband for those who either don’t know, was Joe Hyams. In his autobiography Roman talks of how utterly disappointed he was with Hyams who was a columnist and biographer who wrote a series of disparaging articles on Sharon, Jay, Voytek and Abigail after the murders using such titles as “Why Sharon Tate Had To Die” then chronicled a series of lies that went so far as to blame the victims for their deaths. Roman was not too happy with him, needless to say. I’m not sure why the film company of FilmRise asked her for commentary since she clearly wasn’t a friend of Sharon’s, only a co-star. The next is of course Debra Tate who again likes to lie as to how she met Roman. She claims here that she was the “first” to meet him, however, in the book Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family’s Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice written by Alisa Statman and Brie Ford (Patti’s daughter), it says that Paul Tate was the first to meet Roman, and didn’t think much of him. If anyone has the correct information, all I have is the epub version of the book and can’t find the relevant passage, please feel free to post a comment with the correction, or if I find it all edit with the relevant section. But Debra once again spins a tale that I don’t know if it’s part wish fulfillment, or a flimsy memory. Who can tell with her anymore.

 20 February, 2017
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This is an amazing discussion about Roman’s masterpiece ROSEMARY’S BABY. Featured are interviews with Robert Evans, Mia Farrow (Rosemary Woodhouse) and the master himself. Enjoy.

 16 February, 2017
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Looks like there might be some movement in Roman’s 1977 case. It looks like it might have something to do with the sealed transcript given by then District Attorney Roger Gunson from back in December 2009 while Roman was under house arrest in Gstaad, Switzerland. This testimony directly impacted both the Polish and Swiss decisions in not to extradite Roman to the United States based on the 1977 bench warrant currently still active. This new action is coming almost 40 years to the date of the event that caused Roman to flee injustice.

Roman Polanski Gets New Court Date That May See Him Return To U.S.

EXCLUSIVE: Almost 40 years after he fled the U.S. to escape a long jail stretch for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Roman Polanski may be one step closer to coming back to Los Angeles to face justice on his own terms. It’s a Hail Mary step that the Oscar-winning director, now 83, only intends to take if certain old testimony becomes public and he is assured he won’t end up behind bars again, Deadline has learned.

“Once we unseal the secret transcript and the Court agrees to follow the Polish decision, Roman will return to be sentenced to probation and end the issue of an outstanding arrest warrant,” Polanski attorney Harland Braun told Deadline today, regarding how this could all play out if an upcoming hearing in front of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon goes their way.

After a receiving a letter from Braun last week seeking to potentially reset the case’s parameters, Gordon has set a hearing for February 24 to address a request to unseal 2010 testimony by former prosecutor Roger Gunson. That testimony is said to detail a judicial promise from the late 1970s that would have seen the controversial The Pianist director spend 90 days in a psychiatric evaluation.

It was the apparent breaking of that promise by now-deceased Judge Laurence Rittenband that caused Polanski to flee American justice in 1978, and he has fought several extradition attempts ever since. Most recently that included a December 2016 decision by Poland’s Supreme Court to uphold a previous ruling by a lower court in the country of Polanski’s birth that rejected a 2015 extradition request by the U.S.

Polanski holds dual citizenship in Poland and France, where he currently lives. The latter nation prohibits extradition of its citizens, while Polish law does not.

Tellingly, Braun now also wants unsealed the transcript of a conversation he had Gordon and L.A. County Deputy D.A. Michele Hanisee on November 23, 2016 “concerning possible litigation in the …case” before the Polish high court ruling was made.

“The sworn testimony of Mr. Gunson taken together with the Polish decisions raise the question of whether the principle of comity should command or persuade the Court to follow the findings of the Polish court,” Braun wrote in his February 6 letter to Gordon that kicked off the latest chapter in the Polanski saga. The letter also pulls the current L.A. County D.A.’s office in the matter, inferring that Jackie Lacey’s team confirmed the 90-day deal from 1977. “The principle of comity may also be strengthened by the participation of our DA in the Polish litigation,” Braun adds. “Our DA specifically answered factual, procedural, and sentencing questions propounded by Judge Mazur in Krakow.”

Lacey’s office did not respond to Deadline’s request for comment on Hanisee’s participation in that 2016 meeting, or the D.A.’s take on the Polanski matter.

Polanski’s current lawyer has not been so reticent.

“I believe there is no current excuse or justification for keeping DDA Roger Gunson’s sworn testimony under seal,” the Braun & Braun LLP lawyer says in his letter. “Therefore, on behalf of Roman Polanski, I request that it be unsealed and that I be allowed to make a copy to assist me in the preparation of possible motions.”

Convicted on five charges stemming from having sex with 13-year-old Samantha Gailey on March 10, 1977, Polanski made a deal that saw him plead guilty to having unlawful sex intercourse with a minor. The Chinatown director initially spent 42 days in the California Institute For Men and was released, with the deal to include time served and probation.

All that changed when, after feeling Rittenband had thrown the plea deal in the trash and intended to see him in jail for up to 50 years, Polanski made tracks just before sentencing in 1978. For several years now, Polanski’s victim has said she believes that the director’s exile has been punishment enough; she and Polanski came to a financial settlement of around $500,000 in the mid-1990s.

Besides the Polish matter of 2015 and 2016, the last decade also saw a prolonged and botched case to get Polanski to face American justice in 2009 and 2010, back when Steve Cooley was still L.A. County D.A. In 2014, Alan Dershowitz unsuccessfully attempted to have the Polanski case dropped for the director.

Now, with a new lawyer in Polanski’s corner, it could start up all over again.

SOURCE: DEADLINE