Welcome to Obama’s Justice Department in the age of bullshit change. It’s a shame that Polanski wasn’t into money laundering and tax evasion. They’d have charged his travel agent with aiding & abetting while asking him nicely to come clean and avoid punishment.
Polanski, 76, was taken into custody trying to enter Switzerland on Saturday, Zurich police said. A spokesman for the Swiss Justice Ministry said Polanski was arrested upon arrival at the airport.
He has lived in France for decades to avoid being arrested if he enters the United States and declined to appear in person to collect his Academy Award for Best Director for “The Pianist” in 2003.
The director pleaded guilty in 1977 to a single count of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, acknowledging he had sex with a 13-year-old girl. But he fled the United States before he could be sentenced, and U.S. authorities have had a warrant for his arrest since 1978.
I don’t think there’s anybody who defends his actions, but it’s difficult to listen to the circumstances of his case without feeling ashamed of our justice system. Last year HBO aired a documentary with details of the case, “Polanski: Wanted and Desired” and it was enough to make your blood boil.