Drugging, raping and sodomizing a 13 year old girl is apparently OK as long as you make great movies.The decision by Swiss authorities not to extradite Roman Polanski to the United States for crimes he committed in the late 1970’s is a blow to justice and an affront to victims of sex crimes. From the BBC:
Polanski, 76, has been under house arrest in his Swiss chalet since December 2009 pending the decision.
He is wanted in the US over a conviction for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said the “restrictions on his liberty have been lifted.”
A Swiss official said the US cannot appeal the decision.
The debate over Polanski’s fate has been utterly ridiculous. Artists, celebrities and ‘thinkers’ have done their best to exonerate Polanski for his atrocious crime because he is a talented filmmaker (for a great example of this see the ridiculous ‘philosopher’ Bernard-Henri Lévy’s article in the Huff Post). The fact is, Polanski is a criminal and should face charges in the country where he committed the crime. Polanski is a child rapist and should be in prison, not celebrated in intellectual circles for his ability to make films.
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