Transcripts of Roman Polanski’s criminal case declassified, court rulings ordered

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Transcripts of Roman Polanski's criminal case declassified, court rulings ordered

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A California appeals court on Wednesday ordered the unseal of a conditional deposit record to open in the criminal case against director Roman Polanski, who pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl decades ago.

The record of the filing comes from Roger Gunson, the former prosecutor in the case, who retired in 2002, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Los Angeles District Attorney earlier opposed the unsealing of the documents, but overturned his objection on Tuesday.

“Gunson’s conditional deposition was a post-plea bargaining hearing to expose these alleged abuses, and we agree with the people that there is no basis in fact or law for the record of the conditional deposition to remain sealed,” it said in the arrangement.

The request for the unsealing of Gunson’s testimony was filed by journalists Sam Wasson and William Rempel, who, along with their attorney, John Washington, argued that state law and the public interest required Gunson’s testimony to be unsealed. Gunson was ill at the time of testimony and it was feared he would not be well enough to testify in a ruling on the case.

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“Over the years, this long-suppressed document has contributed to significant legal confusion and conflicting assumptions about the court’s conduct. As journalists and historians, we hope this ruling will finally help clear up the public record,” Wasson and Rempel told Fox News Digital.

Washington said it expects the records to be released soon, but was not given a specific date.

“In any case, we hope that with the prosecution’s concession and this order, going forward, the prosecution will respect the public’s right of access, rather than requiring journalists and writers to fight it,” Washington told Fox News.

Director Roman Polanski appears at an international film festival promoting his film, "Based on a true story" in Krakow, Poland, on May 2, 2018. A California appeals court on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 ordered the unseal of some documents in the criminal case against Polanski, who has been a fugitive since pleading guilty to having illicit sex having had a 13-year-old girl decades ago.

Director Roman Polanski performs at an international film festival in Krakow, Poland, May 2, 2018 promoting his film ‘Based on a True Story.’ A California appeals court on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 ordered the unsealing of some documents in the criminal case against Polanski, who has been on the run since pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl decades ago.
(AP Photo/File)

“This case has been described by the courts as ‘one of the longest-running sagas in the history of the California criminal justice system,'” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gasc√≥n said in a press release. “For years, this office has been fighting against the disclosure of information that the victim and the public have a right to know.”

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It is the belief of several supporting the unsealing of Gunson’s testimony that the transcript would reveal that the original presiding judge, Laurence Rittenband, violated law and court standards in entering into a plea deal with Polanski based on media reports and ex- Parte’s contacts with the court gave up prosecutors, according to Deadline.

Fox News reached out to Polanski’s attorney, Harland Braun, for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

Roman Polanski, 84, was arrested in March 1977 for a series of offenses and currently remains a fugitive as he fled to France while awaiting sentencing in February 1978.

Roman Polanski, 84, was arrested in March 1977 for a series of offenses and currently remains a fugitive as he fled to France while awaiting sentencing in February 1978.
(REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Polanski has been on the run since 1978 after pleading guilty to his sex case. His victim testified that Polanski gave her champagne and a sedative during a photo shoot and had sex with her despite her objections.

The record of the deposition comes from Roger Gunson, the former prosecutor in the Roman Polanski case, who retired in 2002, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The Los Angeles District Attorney earlier opposed the unsealing of the documents, but overturned his objection on Tuesday.

The record of the deposition comes from Roger Gunson, the former prosecutor in the Roman Polanski case, who retired in 2002, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Los Angeles District Attorney earlier opposed the unsealing of the documents, but overturned his objection on Tuesday.
(AP, file)

Polanski fled the United States to France before being sentenced. Switzerland and Poland previously rejected offers to extradite him and allow the filmmaker to work in Europe.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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