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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. Bill

    To pursue a 30 yr old claim when, supposedly, the judge accepted a plea to which he reneged and one that the "victim" wishes the allegations be forgiven, is ridiculous. Especially so when considering the contributions Polanski has contributed to the entertainment world. There must be much more important problems for our legal system.

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

    The violence in Chicago has gotten worse it's a horrifying video.

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

    The truth is the American people are helpless to all government desisions and we might as well get use to it.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  4. susanne greenwald

    i feel an indictment for the mother of this child should be brought against. her. i would say child neglect and child abuse was also a part of this... where was mama 30 years ago . was she not invited to the party.

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

    Hi Anderson ! I wish your works are not so much hardly difficult so much of my heart !

    An !

    September 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  6. ericacnn

    @Kate Brody Webb - Geimer has said the question of where her mother was really bothers her, noting in her 2003 intvu with Larry King:

    "GEIMER: My mother is - I mean, she gets the worst rap. Everybody wants to lay it all on her. And Polanski said he didn't want her to go. He thought it would make me uncomfortable.

    KING: But she could have said, I insist on it.

    GEIMER: There didn't seem to be any reason for her to go. I mean, he was just taking pictures, and nobody had any idea anything like this would ever happen. And I mean, she's never gotten over it. She feels terrible. "

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

    There were sanctions for years against Iraq, and all it did was hurt the population, but not Saddam Hussein. Why would this be different?

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

    We are bogged down in two wars, the deficit is drowning generations to come, but the military option is not off the table? Really?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Shaylee, Bigfork MT

    Paul Begala is right.. It's awesome that so many countries are on-board with President Obama! Nice change from the past 8 years.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Jerry

    People are reacting emotionally to the crime itself rather than the circumstances of what happened to Polanski afterwards and led him to flee. Polanski plead guilty and submitted to a deal which was agreed to by everyone involved: Polanski, his lawyers, the prosecution, and the victim. But the media-obsessed judge, worried about his image, tossed the deal that everyone had agreed to. Thus the judge was about to commit a farce of justice and Polanski fled.

    One can agree or disagree with the adequacy of the deal after such a repugnant act, but it WAS achieved through proper, legal means, and Polanski was ready to abide by it.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, I think that is true. Obama may be "popular," but I think that he is perceived as being weak.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Emily

    Iran ~ what a mess!!!
    It was a "slap in the face" to everyone!!!!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Rob HuntingtonBeach

    Polanski committed a crime and has to come back to face his punishment. The fact that its been decades does not erase the crime and the fact that he decided to run away is a separate crime. How can Hollywood be behind him on this? Shame on you. One question doe.. Where were the parents of the victim while this was happening?.. Children being exposed to these crimes for the love of fame and money. tsk tsk...

    September 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Won't the out of control crime rate and the highly publicized killing of this young man with the cold inhabitants of this city watching his death and doing nothing negatively affect any olympic hopes?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  15. joe m

    Mr. Polanski has acted like a coward and one who believes himself above the law. the observation made tonight, that he could have ended this years ago by simply appearing in front of the present judge is so true. mr. polanski claims judicial misconduct, but he appears to not have enough courage to actually fight for his rights, and rather chooses to run away. the rape of a child is at the core of this case, a fact thar neither the viticm nor mr. polanski have denied. spin all they can, mr. polanski and his legal team cannot erase that crime. mr. polanski, if he trully believes his claims, should man up and come back and fight for his rights. until then, he remains as nothing more than a fugitive of the law for a crime that could only be describe as heinous.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Erica and Anderson!!!!!
    I agree with you, Anderson!!!!!!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  17. Opie

    I find it interesting that most major news outlets use the term "sex scandal" in their headlines as a euphemism for rape, forced sodomy and pedophilia. The man has admitted to all of the above and has never served time for his crimes against society. He has made restitution to the victim of that crime, but who is to say that he has not done this to others? I find it hard to believe that this was some "one time" affair.

    He has a debt which he owes to the public and one that is always paid by people who do not have wealth, fame and prestige. Make him pay, no amount of stellar film making washes away being a rapist.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  18. LisaL - Canada

    the timing of those missile tests is indeed freaky. so often it seems like just news, but when you think about the potential long-term impact, it really does make you think about the bigger picture.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  19. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Roman should be punished how could he have been coaught when he has home in Swizerland and has been going thier for years why now ?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  20. Dan Parish - Houston

    How can any individual who has had children, nieces, nephews, or grand children ever say that an individual who has raped a child such Polanski has, should not be prosecuted and serve time?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Lori from IL

    The one I feel sorry for in this whole Polanski mess is the woman who was violated. Seems to me like she's being violated all over again. (Not to mention her family.)

    September 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Richard

    I think that forgivness is okay for Polanski because it's been 30yrs and she forgaved him. But I think that what he did gives him a bad reputation and breaks Californian law. So it's fair enough for his arrest

    September 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Annabelle, I agree completely. Hollywood and celebrities in general think there are different rules for them. They believe that they are somehow more "privileged" than the rest of us so they all stick together.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  24. AJ, London, England

    Is everyone forgetting....Polanski, a 44 year old man, CONFESSED to the RAPE (oral, vaginal and sodomy) of a 13 year old child, after coaxing and intimidating her in to getting drunk (on Champagne) and giving her drugs (half a tablet of Qualude). These are not allegations, he has confessed to them. He then was not man enough to face punishment but fled like a common criminal. A 40 yr old Paedophile who intoxicates and sodomizes a 13 yr old child....everyone rising to his defense should have their heads examined.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  25. Minou, New York City

    The tests were routine! Yes, the timing is dumb, but why does the news media always have to blow things out of proportion? This does not facilitate peace.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    So Obama has already put Iran 'on notice', so what's next, double secret probation?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  27. Cynthia, NC

    @Mike Armstrong.....I have been thinking the same thing about Chicago! Crime definitely is out of control in that city.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  28. Emily

    evening Anderson....it was a great debate! the week is starting off on a good note!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  29. Helen

    Anderson, when did talking became a weakness?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  30. John John Winnipeg, Manitoba

    She was raped. End of story!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    My heart goes to Philippians, really sad for them who are stranded at home during flash flood by typhoon...... I was watching on CNN tv tonight.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  32. David, Indiana

    @Gloria, Brooklyn, right No where to run, no where to hide but Polanski's potential punishment was 90 days, he's been out of this country for over thirty years, hasn't served his sentence?

    What happened to the people on those cluster logs and wood that were going under the bridge in Manila?

    Lisa Bloom though makes a good case for extradition.

    @Isabel, do you want to see the Olympics come to Rio?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Teresa, OH

    Hi, Anderson : )

    Minou in NY: re: @ everyone who says ” he fled!” : watch the documentary, then you’ll see that you would have fled, too.

    1. Most of us wouldnt have done the crime in the first place. 2. If I ever woke up one day KNOWING I did that, I would be dead by nightfall of my own hand.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Anthonia-Bay Area,California

    Oh that was a great way to save the planet by setting SUV's on fire!!
    I dont understand why people chose to do negative things that seem positive to them!

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

    How could the victim's mother take her daughter to Roman's home or Jack Nichloson's home and leave her alone with a 45 yr old man she should have known better .

    September 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    For Polanski and others, they need to adhere to the old saying...If your not willing to do the time, don't do the crime.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Andre

    Polanski is a deviant pervert who raped a child, fled the country, and who has lived a lavish life in Europe for three decades. The fact that Hollywood has awarded him with an Oscar, and has cry foul for the law continuing pursuit of him is a joke beyond belief. Why isn't
    Phillip Garrido getting such support, also.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  38. starr, formerly known as vncent

    @ Emily. I take your point. However, the woman who was violated does Not want the prosecution. She wants to move on.

    She received a settlement.

    Further, in her article, she points out how the judge on the case, changed the original plea agreement. That would appear to be what made him run (at least that is what she thinks).

    I understand the crime is awful and i do not support him in any way. But i do feel that the woman has made her point.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  39. samashby12

    Who should be responsible for the children in Chicago? Their parents. Unfortunately, for a lot of inner-city families, many parents aren't that involved with their kids. Because of this, it's easier for them to become under the influence of gangs or drugs.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    His celebrity status has allowed him to get away with this for too long .He should be brought back to the U.S and thrown in jail .

    September 28, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  41. Sandy Pennsylvania

    Jeffrey Toobin is right – this is a society issue.

    No punishment for rape is a slap in the face to society and to all victims of molestation and rape – and that's something like 25% of girls and 15% -20% of boys.

    And no other victims that we know of.

    Prison is for punishment and reform. Living in France is not punishment. I'm planning a vacation to France. I'm not planning a vacation to a prison.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Ngoc Thao Nguyen

    Anderson Cooper CNN – evening anderson. i agree.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  43. D Gui

    OMG.. why on earth are they doing this now??? it took 30 yrs to "nab" him. very strange indeed

    September 28, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Palak Singh

    I'm in complete agreement with Lisa Bloom. If a 43 yr old man commits a crime against a 13 yr old innocent child and runs away from the consequences, he deserves the most harsh punishment possible – justice late is okay; denied is not.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Emily

    I can't believe the # of people here tonight who think that the system should just let Polanski go!!!!

    He slept with a 13 YR old girl!!!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  46. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    For every day of freedom on the run, add one day to his sentence. If he lives to be 100 he can go free. I'm sure he'll be leaving little girls alone by then.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Michelle

    Lisa said it all.....you should not drug, rape, and sodomize a 13 year old girl, period. And why was he alone in Jack Nicholsons house with this girl anyway...where were her parents?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  48. Ed Barink

    Put him behind bars for life. I have two daughters and if either one was treated the way this animal treated that young lady there would be no mercy. The man is an unrepentant preditor.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  49. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Jeff Tobin is right why did they wait so long to arrest him .

    September 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Rhaj

    Take a 43 yr old man and stand him up next to a 13 yr old girl and imagine him druging and raping her. And for all who believes this should be left alone, hopefully that would change your mind

    September 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
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