Tags: polanski | obama

Polanski Attorneys Lobby Obama Justice Department Against Extradition

Monday, 12 Oct 2009 09:16 AM

By James Hirsen

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Attorneys for Roman Polanski met with Justice Department officials and presented arguments against extraditing the jailed director from Switzerland, where he is being held, to Los Angeles to face sentencing for his 1977 criminal case.

Polanski’s lawyers recently sought help from Obama administration officials in the Justice Department requesting that they not return the filmmaker to America, according to court documents filed in L.A.

Members of the director’s legal team met with a deputy assistant attorney general and other Justice Department officials on Oct. 2, according to the appellate court filing.

Lawyers presented arguments in opposition to moving the director back to the states to face sentencing, as evidenced in a letter attached to the filing by the L.A. District Attorney’s office.

The lawyer letter expresses gratitude for the meeting to Bruce Swartz, who oversees the department's Office of International Affairs.

The 10-page document was part of a filing in which prosecutors seek a dismissal of Polanski’s appeal “as moot.”

Polanski’s lawyers had filed the appeal prior to their client’s Switzerland arrest. It contained a summary of allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in the case, laying the groundwork for Polanski’s appeal.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is preparing a formal request for Polanski’s extradition.

However, the lobbying of the feds will have no impact on that effort.

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, commentator, media analyst, and law professor. He is the co-founder and chief legal counsel for InternationalEsq.com. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Film Praises Late-Term Abortion Doctors

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 09:14 AM

PBS recently aired “After Tiller,” a documentary that lauds doctors in the United States who openly perform late-term ab . . .

Clooney and Redford Opt for Ideological Film Projects

Monday, 08 Sep 2014 09:33 AM

It looks as though two major Hollywood-based artists are moving forward with film-oriented material that more closely al . . .

Hollywood's Political Correctness Steeped in Groupthink

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 14:14 PM

Enforcement of a politically correct rubric has become, in essence, a war on various aspects of free expression includin . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved