Judge Refuses to Dismiss Polanski's Child-Sex Case

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles judge today rejected a request by defense attorneys to dismiss the criminal case against fugitive film director Roman Polanski, but the judge then put his ruling on hold pending another hearing in the case on May 7.

Polanski, 75, fled to his native France in 1978 following his guilty plea to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza said Tuesday that after watching a documentary on the case he agrees there was misconduct by the now-deceased judge who arranged a plea bargain but reneged on it.

Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl but fled to France after the judge threatened him with more prison time than agreed upon.

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