Roman Polanski, the filmmaker who drugged and sodomized a 13-year-old girl in 1977 (not necessarily in that order), has been released from his home imprisonment at his ski chalet in Switzerland. A Swiss judge has denied the US extradition request after the United States refused to disclose secret documents pertaining to the original trial 33 years ago. I mean, he can stay at the ski chalet if he wants to, he owns it. But he no longer has to wear his restrictive ankle bracelet, and is free to travel in Europe and abroad. In a word, he is, once more, a free man. The end. Personally, I don’t think this is a travesty of justice or anything. He is a child rapist, and everyone was reminded of that for a brief moment. But people avoid prison on legalities all the time. (They also DON’T avoid prison on legalities all the time. That is what legalities are for, to determine whether or not someone will go to prison based on them.) I’m sure the Swiss judge is very smart and good at her job and knew what she was doing. The outrage during this whole thing was not that the international law disputes to which he was being subjected could go either way, it was that people were upset that he was even being subjected to international law disputes that could go either way in the first place. Like, it was always possible for a judge to find, as this judge did, that Roman Polanski didn’t need to go back to jail, but the Woodys Allen and Wesses Anderson of the world (see also: Jamie Foxx?) had to stick their creepy, needlessly outspoken noses into it and pretend like they knew what was what when it came to the legal and moral ramifications of CHILD RAPE RAPE. And also the whole “he is an artist who deserves respect” thing. That was ridiculous. I mean, he is an artist! I agree! He is also a child rapist. Those things are not, and have never been, mutually exclusive.
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