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. Paul

    Samantha Geimer, wants to just put this behind her. Her wishes should be considered. Mr. Polanski has removed himself from American society which is what would have happened if he was imprisoned here. Let is be.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    If it was Polanski's child this happened to I bet he would want the man brought to justice.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Laurie Keefe

    Polanski was tried and convicted. He should be extradited and file his appeals in the United States. The idea that he has committed no similar crimes over the last 30 years doesn't wash. Pedophiles seldom change. Sex crimes are often never discovered by authorities or charged by the victims. Regardless, the extradition treaty should be observed and he should be returned to U.S. custody.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Shelly

    I agree with Lisa Bloom and Jeffrey Toobin – Polanski needs (finally) to face the music. I love "The Pianist," but artistic talent has no bearing on this criminal matter.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  5. andersoncnn

    evening everyone.. good debate...

    September 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Monica M. Williams

    Wow! Lisa Bloom....WHEW!!! Move over Joy and Whoopi. Someone needs to book Lisa on The View. : )

    September 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    I hope Anderson you are feeling better from your flu the prevous week .

    September 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Capecodder

    According to his own admission of guilt, Mr. Polanski is a pedophile who preyed on a 13 year old child, using drugs and alcohol, and it is unfortunate that he was able to enjoy his freedom for so long. May justice finally be served!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  9. Jane - Vt

    Bring him back to serve his sentence.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Dave, Tofield, Alberta


    He ought to be returned simply because he is convicted, has never served his time or showed no remorse. Just because of his social status he deserves no special treatment!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Chicago is out off control and the president wants to have the Olympics there now whats wrong with that picture.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Megan Ahlquist

    Yes the Polanski/Geimer case is bad. But the ONLY reason this case is getting so much publicity is because Polanski is in the film industry. What about all the other children who are in the same or worse situations?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Kisha

    I think the charges should be dropped, since the victim wants it.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    How could someone marry Roman knowing the crimes he comitted .

    September 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Minou, New York City

    @ everyone who says " he fled!" : watch the documentary, then you'll see that you would have fled, too.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Lori T

    Hello Anderson.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Anthonia-Bay Area,California

    Good Evening Everyone! Erica Anderson and Fellow Bloggers!

    Just a few years ago, the city of Oakland was dealing with the same crime issues Chicago has now. There were hundreds of murders every year. However, I am happy that the violence stopped...but i pray for Chicago to recover..

    September 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Cessy, Chicago IL

    I think this is a difficult case because it involves the Swiss govt...

    September 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    wow, so this guy ran for 90 days in jail? I don't understand. You can't run away from a conviction and then, because you run away, you don't have to serve.

    If he fights extradiction, would he be in jail in Switzerland?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Syed Alam

    Roman Polaski committed a crime. He must be tried and face the consequence. It does not matter how much time has lapsed. He fled and was a fugitive. Justice can only be served when it is equal and applied to all. If he is found guilty of crime, he must pay.


    September 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    What are the actual evidence against Polanski?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  22. carol partee

    I am struggling with this–30 years is a long time. I remember when it happened. The bottom line for me is the fact that a 13 year old girl was the victim. Our country has a problem confronting people who are famous and/or gifted. Somehow they are excused of errors in judgement. I only wish the rest of us would be given that "pass".

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That man should be in jail, and you all know it. He should be in jail for 20 years.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Jason

    There is an extradition case here in Jamaica that have HUGE political consequence and could cause major problems if 'Duddus' is extradited to the US. So Jamaica is watching this case with interest.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Annabelle

    Thanks for making this your first topic tonight!

    Between celebrating Polanski, American Beauty, a film about a man fantasizing about his teenaged cheerleader neighbor, and Woody Allen, it is clear that Hollywood is full of sick tickets.

    Debra Winger and others who have come out in his defense should be ashamed.

    What happened with the judge is completely irrelevant.

    Celebrate Polanski, celebrate Woody Allen, celebrate having sex with underage teenage CHILDREN. That's the Hollywood way.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Sandy Pennsylvania

    Bring this coward back and throw him in prison.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Donna - Los Angeles

    If we reward people for fleeing by saying "too much time has passed so it doesn't matter any more," what kind of justice system will we have?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes Bloggers......
    I agree all of you, That is really crime for Roman Polanski raped 13 yrs old girl..... She is victim right now, I think Lisa Bloom and Jeff Toobin are right against Roman Polanski.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Roman thought he was above the law beacuse her 's a famous director and he ran away this is not fair to victim of crime so sad .

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    He should get more time for running.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  31. Adrianne

    There should be a statue of limitations. 30 years later is a long time. If the victim wants to drop the charges and she has moved on with her life why contiune this pursute? If this was truly about the crime, it could have been finished sooner. They waited until it was a prime oppourtunity to extrodite him. Look at the role of the judge. How is that justice? Yes he committed a crime, yes he plead guilty but what purpose does this serve at this time? Is justice going to be served?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  32. Minou, New York City

    I can't believe Bloom is defending this unprofessional judge who mishandled the case back then!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Maureen from A.V.

    Hello Anderson, you look great tonight. I think Polanski should gn to jail for the rest of his life. I think child molesters are evil creatures that should be castrated by setting thier parts on fire with out any pain meds. But thats just my opinion.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  34. Emily

    Hi Erica;....how are you doing? this is a great panel tonight, with Jeff Toobin & Lisa Bloom

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  35. Vince

    He's a convicted pedophile who fled punishment due. His history doesn't absolve the fact he commtted a horrible crime and should be held accountable. Call it for what it is and send him away. Anything less is enabling that type of behavior.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  36. Kate Brody Webb

    Where were her parents? I think charges should be brought against them for letting their daughter roam around until she ended up in an older man's hot tub.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  37. Cessy, Chicago IL

    I can understand why Ms. Geimer wants to forget about it. She's moved on and probably do not want to put her family to this ordeal. There are times in our lives that no matter how painful it is, we have to accept it, forget and forgive the person who hurt us in order to move. Ms. Geimer did this for herself and she is still doing this for the sake of her family esp her daughters. This is NOT about Ms. Geimer this is about the crime Mr. Polanski committed and he needs to pay for it.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  38. Brad Lutat

    Evening, Erica!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  39. Lisa, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    Hi Anderson

    I am a little surprised that some people are expressing outrage at the arrest of Roman Polanski. Do you think these same people would be outraged if Mr. Polanski had drugged and raped their little girls. Should he be excused because he is a talented film maker? I am sure there are many pedophiles with wonderful talents...should they be excused? Roman Polanski thumbed his nose at the American judicial system.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Sasha

    I am disgusted with anyone that supports Roman Polanski. HE DRUGGED AND SODOMIZED A CHILD. I am so outraged, literally outraged that anyone would ever defend him. I will never see any of his films AND i will not see the films of other filmmakers that support him. Too many pedophiles out there. We need to show our outrage.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Jerry

    There is no excuse. 13-year old girls are off-limits to adults. Throw the book at him. Tack on more time for jumping bail.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  42. harold

    we need to finish the required punishment of Roman P.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Teresa, OH

    Hi, Erica : )

    @Mariam: re:" Lets give him a break" Yer joking, right?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  44. Bo nnie

    As to Roman Polanski . . . if this same situation repeated itself today, to someone's 13-year old daughter . . . would all these people defending Roman continue to do so? This is both rape and child molestation; criminal justice is pending. No matter how old he is! We see the same trial with aged Nazis from the holocaust.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    One at a time, please! 🙂

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Hello Erica hope you had a great weekend

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Segnoria

    He has not paid for his crime. A 13 year old is a child. 30 years makes no difference. Bring him back. Make him pay. Period.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am really tired of the rich and famous getting away with crimes because they sing well or make a good movie. A criminal is a criminal no matter how big their bank account is.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  49. Tia

    This is a waste of aritime. The law is clear ...sex with a minor is statutory rape ...even if the victim consents. The victim's support is not required for proceution (as we note in many recent cases of consentual teenage sexual relationships). Because he's famous and 'talented' should he should be immune from prosecution for a admitted crime? Who next becomes immune? Politicians, actors, professional athletes, corporate big-shots????

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Hi Erica

    September 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
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