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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. Tracey

    I couldn't believe you had Joel Brodsky , the defense attorney for Drew Petersen, on as a legal pundit. You are stooping pretty low on that one.

    I think Roman P. should be sent back to the US, anyone else would be.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  2. Victoria alameda

    Hi
    Polanaki is a creep who left rather than face justice. In his erogants he has caused great pain

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Joseph

    Polanski is a beast and a thug for raping an innocent girl! Jail him because he is a sex offender and a rapist! 30yrs or not, he should be jailed for forever because he raped a kid.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  4. sarah in FL

    He needs to answer for his crime. Rape is a crime against society.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Southern Cali

    Polanski should not have fled.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  6. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    He has entered a plea of guilty so he knows he did the crime .He ran from the law but now he has to face the truth of what he did .

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Marlene

    Leave it alone he has been married and has 2 children and this
    happened 30 years ago. So why convict him now. The lady does
    not want to press charges . It seems senseless to me.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  8. An

    Hi Anderson ! The devils are too dirtiest strongest killers too hurt and so much sadly to know the devils animalities dirtiest killing planes ! I feel so hurtly sadly sickenly sorry so much !

    An !

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to ALL! I remember when the whole thing with Polanski happened...I thought it was unbelievable that he got away with it and just left the country.I'm glad this will be settled after all these years.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. James Ayala

    While Polanski is a great film maker he is not above the law. He’s been on the run long enough> 32 years doesn’t diminish the crime which is still a crime the last time i checked. As for all these hollywood types who are now painting him s the victim they are despicable I wonder how they would feel if it was their child

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Frnak

    Regardless if she wants the case dismissed it is not up to her. He did this crime and needs to serve his time for it. If not then anyone can commit a crime and if you hide out long enough or become a successful director you can be above the law and not have to do your time. He has to be extradited to make the law mean something.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Jeremy, if it had been your 13 year old girl would you still want to give him a break?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Jouk

    Forget about the sex crime, isn't subsequently fleeing justice a crime in itself post sex crime?

    Jouk

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Lauren

    As I see it, it's pretty simple. He did the crime; he has to do the time. That's it. Anything short of that is a travisty of justice.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Marc Huestis

    People should see the film ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED. It details the many complex circumstances of this case, including the judge's misconduct and reneging on a plea bargain.
    Also he plead guilty not to rape but to sexual misconduct with a minor.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  16. ericacnn

    Evening, everyone

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Larry Carr

    why is this man above the law?..no one should show up to be sentenced if this is the case

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Jonathan

    There are 3 parts to this argument.
    1st – Roman Polanski should obviously be sentenced for the crime he pleaded guilty to.
    2nd. A civil claim has already been settled by the victim, so why bother?
    3rd. It's unlikely a European government will send him to the US to face a draconian legal system which executes it own citizens. If he's smart, he will argue he can't face a fair trial or sentence in that country.

    It's a difficult one best not dealt with through self righteousness.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Dulcie - Denver

    I'm really torn on Roman Polanski's extradition. Yes, it was a heinous crime, but... I personally don't think he was in his right mind at the time. His wife had been horribly murdered along with their unborn child. I think it damaged him. As far as we know he's never committed a similar crime, I just don't know.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Bren

    He shouldn't walk because he's rich and famous...I really don't care to listen to the parade of celebs coming to his defense, either. Rape is a crime and he's plead guilty. It's a legal no-brainer.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Mike

    Seems pretty simple to me...No victim, no crime.
    I'm not advocating what he did, but it seems to me that if the victim wants the case dismissed that should be respected.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Hello Anderson and Bloggers

    I wish they would have tried Roman Polanski years ago why did they wait so long ? This is a serious crime and just beacuse of his star power they let him go so long .

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Larry in CA

    There is no statute of limitations after being convicted. Bring him back.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Jeremy

    This will be a landmark case in the court of public opinion, where the justice system has gone too far in prosecuting those involved in sex with minors. Just as with teen "sexting" now, the then-thirteen year old girl was promiscuous and culpable. She also received a settlement from Polanski, so let bygones be bygones.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  25. nate

    he should b brought back and serve his time in jail. if he was an average person we wouldn't b having this debate. money and fame shouldn't get him a pass

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Troy K (Alberta)

    Wow! Roman Polanski, Mackenzie Phillips and Michael Jackson. Is there any normal people living in California?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Terri Purcell

    Polansky should be extradited and return to LA regardless of how victim now feels. To let him go what does it say to other women who may never get the opportunity to have justice. Not a good thing that yet another celebrity gets away with crime against women/society. As Jeffrey just said he pled guilty!!!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Teresa, OH

    I dont know why or care about the timing, but this country tries to put all pedophiles and rapists in jail.... that includes Roman. Imagine how many other gals he had in the last couple decades who never spoke up.

    ahhh, there it is: she got some money.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  29. Charles M

    Dr. King said it best: " The arm of the law is long but it bends towards justice." Mr. Polanski should face justice.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Southern Cali

    No wonder she doesn't want charges. She received monetary damages. Tubin is correct. Its a crime against humanity.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Sileshi

    Polensky was supposed to be prosecuted 30 years ago. Now it doesn't make sense. The case should be closed.

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

    Jeff is right again!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  33. Bobby C.

    Anderson,

    With the US dollar spiraling downward and the US Government in debt up to it's ears – why are we wasting our money on this?

    We as an American society need to practice forgive and forget and let go of our revenge/justice mentality.

    Let it go!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  34. Richard Peterson

    Let him go. His punishment of not being able to live or work in the United States is enough.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  35. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Happy Monday everyone!

    Oh that's a good pt, that Jeffery Toobin made, he's already been convicted or plead guilty, so does that mean there's no statute of limitations? This just goes on forever?

    Political? Seems more legal, why else would swiss authorities bring him in?

    One pt not mentioned in Erica's excellent rept, is that Mr Polanski, and Ms Gemier have agreed to a settlement, in private maybe, behind closed doors, but a settlement in the purview of the law.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  36. Joe

    I'm glad Polanski has finally been arrested (again) and I hope he serves time not just for the original crime, but also for fleeing. However, I am sad that when this is all over he will no longer be afraid to step foot in this country.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  37. joseph sparks

    finally, this child molester will get what was him for the last 30 years. Shame, shame, shame on Hollywood for supporting him.
    for all the hollywood supporters should go to prison with him

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  38. James Ayala

    While Polanski is a great film maker he is not above the law. He's been on the run long enough> 32 years doesn't diminish the crime which is still a crime the last time i checked. As for all these hollywood types who are now painting him s the victim they are despicable I wonder howe they would feel if it was their child

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  39. Kathy Chicago

    As a woman and a mom of a daughter I think that he should have paid for his crimes. It's been so long that it seems as if no one cares.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  40. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    The video of the beating in Chicago is sickening. There were tons of cars driving by, it doesn't seem like any adults even tried to break it up. I completely understand people worrying about their own safety but this is America we shouldn't allow our children to die in the streets at the hands of other kids.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  41. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Any US political figure who intervenes to prevent extradition will have a very short political career.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  42. MIguel

    Its just a waste of out taxe dollars to deal with this Director, its been the legal system fault that they let himleave the country. Why waste more of our tax dollar on him. We got bigger issues to deal with.

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

    The guys owes the government time for his fun let him give more money for his crime

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

    @starr, formerly known as vncent....

    "She does not Want prosecution of Roman P."

    Polanski has Already been found guilty!!! (of his own plea)...he pled guilty and the punishment was issued...he ran the night before....

    He MUST serve his time on HIS guilty plea

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  45. Sarah

    Polanski's talents do not erase his crimes, if this was just a normal person we wouldn't even be having this conversation. He needs to face what he has done after running away from it for so long.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  46. Kelly Haneklau

    Time does not heal the wound of an illegal act against a minor.

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

    Its so wrong that a 43 year old rapes a 13 child. He should go to jail!

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

    If one more person says the victim doesn't want him punished. Who cares? We must hold everyone accountable.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  49. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    good evening all, loved the new intro ... Polanski should have been brought to justice years ago. If he was convicted and he felt he was innocent he should have appealed the decision.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  50. sue, montreal

    Polanski is a fugitive...The coward should have stayed 30 yrs ago & face his crimes...he raped a 13 yr old girl-time does not make it ok.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
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