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September 28th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/28/09

Fugitive movie director Roman Polanski is behind bars in Switzerland vowing to fight extradition to the U.S.  Even his victim, who he had sex when she was 13, thinks the case should be dropped. We're digging deeper. Plus, an exclusive look at domestic terrorists. We give you an inside look at the Earth Liberation Front.  And, a high school student murdered on the streets of Chicago. The crime caught on tape. Dozens watched and did nothing to help him. Who's looking out for Chicago's kids? We're keeping them honest.

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  1. Carla

    There should not be any statute of limitations on a violent crime against a 13-yr. old. Polanski pleaded guilty and fled to escape his punishment. It's shocking that he is playing the "victim" in his extradition..shame on the French and Hollywood for defending his "creative talents" and not holding him accountable.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  2. outraged

    JAIL...JAIL...JAIL. Why are we giving this a second thought..he rapped and sodomized a 13 year old child.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Sharon Hastings

    He committed a crime and plead guilty, then ran away. He should have and probably could have been arrested long before now, so I guess I don't understand what's happening now but legally they certainly should proceed with extradition.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Kisha

    I thhink Roman Polanski should be punished for the crime that he committed. Just because he is a famous producer doesnt mean he should be excused for what he has done

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Warren

    Why is the state of California, which is facing serious financial problems, spending the money (probably millions) to extradite and prosecute Roman Polanski? The victum isn't even on board with this!

    doesn't Los Angeles have bigger and more serious problems to spend their prosecution dollars on?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  6. Tea Sury

    A man should pay for what he did.. After all a victim is still a victim, scarred for life..Had he not been Polanski but just a regular Joe, or say..uhm.. Garridom, Justice will be served..Right?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  7. Bizz

    I think charges should be drop'ed. This happened in the 60's.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Mariam

    not giving him an excuse, but we seem to forget that his wife and unborn child were brutally murdered at the height of his career. This could have added to an emotional breakdown, infused with drugs and alcohol could have lead to poor decisions. Lets give him a break

    September 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Jeremy Calkins

    He did pay for his crime. He spent 42 days in jail on a plea bargain. For political reasons, the judge reneged on the deal after it was initially made. This arrest is completely ridiculous. Hopefully, Switzerland will never extradite him and let him go.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Minou, timing doesn't matter. He's admitted guilt and ran from justice. He's had 30 years of freedom, enough is enough.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    "Haul him back in chains and put him in prison in the general population. He’ll find out what it’s really like to be the victim."

    @Mike, Syracuse, NY, I like the way you think! Polanski and anyone who supports him are trash.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ Lisa Bloom

    In the US, doesn’t the crime of sexual abuse prescribe? How is the law for these crimes?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Helen

    I think all the people defending Mr Polinski are weird. Maybe they agree with what he has done. I love his films. He is a great director but he is a rapist.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Dave

    The guy raped a 13 year old, last I checked this is a crime against the state so it doesn't matter if she doesn't want this carried out; get the sicko!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  15. samashby12

    Polanski, although an awesome director, is not above the law. He needs to be extradited so he can face trial here in the U.S.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, everyone. On Polanski, of course he should be extradited. As other commenters have stated, it just should've already been done.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  17. Southern Cali

    Even if it is political great!!! New administration in the Justice Dept with integrity. Bring Polanski back. Shame on Hollywood. But then again what do we expect from people who make more money off of their looks instead of their brains!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  18. Andrew

    I don't know if Polanski is guilty, but his behavior certainly leans that way. If he did have sex with a minor the time since the crime is irrelevant. Celebrity should not provide immunity.

    I do not understand the argument made by some that his age should be a factor in whether or not to prosecute him. Assuming he is guilty, he has had a nice ride since that time. The long arm of the law may have caught up.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Yes, he should be extradited. Let justice takes it course. "You can run from the law, but you can not hide from the law!"

    September 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Ligia, San Jose/CA

    I think Roman Polanski will escape again... He has been doing so for 30 years...

    September 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Minou, New York City

    Oh please, if he had a house in Switzerland they could have easily taken him into custody while he was residing in the country. It's easy to know whether someone is at home or not. There is more behind the timing of the arrest. Why now?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Haul him back in chains and put him in prison in the general population. He'll find out what it's really like to be the victim.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am not surprised that Hollywood would support him most of them aren't any better.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Aloha stick the screws to the bad guys ready for a blog fight.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  25. John John Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Hi Andy and Erica! How are you doing tonight? Hope you had a good weekend. Its good to see you. I agree Nicole the tie looks good.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Jeff is right, this should have been done long ago.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  27. Fay - CA

    Roman Polanski has directed some of my all time favorite movies and I always feel a little uneasy because of it considering what he was accused of and admitting to doing.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Emily

    Polanski was NOT the victim here,,,,it was (@ the time), a 13yr old girl.

    76 years is not too old...

    Toobin is correct!!!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    If he committed the crime, he must pay. In fact, he should have paid for many years. Regardless of who is or that prizes he won.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening everyone. Roman Polanski won’t likely escape things this time around.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Hello! Anderson from the cold and VERY windy Chicago!
    BRRRRrrrrr here guys!!!

    Mr. Polanski's arrest is long due...He should be put in jail. why would he be treated differently?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Cindy - Dyer, In

    Good evening everyone

    September 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  33. starr, formerly known as vncent

    Hello Anderson, Erica & entire Team 360.

    Hi fellow bloggers.

    I just read the article by the (now) woman who was violated.
    She does not Want prosecution of Roman P.

    I think that her wishes should be respected. She is, after all, the injured party. What happens should be up to Her!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    No matter what the "victim" says this is a matter for the state to decide.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Denise

    Polanski raped a child, plead guilty, then fled b/c he could, & has been living & working w/out any real impediment for 30 yrs. He gave the USA the finger when he ran away, so jail time, if not more, is more than fair.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! I hope you had a great weekend.
    Polanski's crime is a terrible one, though the time lapse for arresting him again is questionably long.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Kathy Chicago

    I think that I would have been more in favor of this 30 years ago. They could have pulled the same kind of sting. Too much has happened and he has been living a free man. The victim does not want to press charges.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hello Everyone!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Polanski is a criminal. I don't see any exeptions in the law that says rich, famous, and so-called talented people are exempt from prosecution if they break the law.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Minou, New York City

    Nothing excuses what Polanski did, but the victim doesn't want to press charges anymore, so why not let it go? The only reason for why Polanski fled the US was because the judge completely mishandled the case! The documentary on him is really eye-opening.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Jane - Vt

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, and all

    September 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    In know way do I agree with what Polanski did. But I have to wonder why the DA is so interested in him now.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Evening Anderson, Erica, David (Indiana), friends and everyone.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. nicole l

    evening......nice tie anderson

    September 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Ligia, San Jose/CA

    Good Evening peoples !!!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Emily

    Evening Erica, Anderson & bloggers!

    Busted! It's about time that Polanski had to answer for his crime.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. Happy Monday. It looks like many interesting topics tonight.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Kathy Chicago

    Hi AC! Hi Erica and gang.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Barbara Pernaris

    There is no statute of limitation o this heinous crime. And even though his victim has dropped the charges against Polanski, he has ran enough. He needs to face the authorities and be responsible for his actions. His celebrity status is no "get out of jail free card".

    September 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!! Happy Monday!
    We have developing story Roman Polanski is going extradition back to U.S. fight this, He is stay bars in Switzerland.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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