Looks like Roman Polanski has something to celebrate at Thanksgiving. A Swiss court accepted his plea offer of €3 million (roughly $4.5 million) and house arrest with electronic monitoring at his Swiss chalet. The Swiss government is expected to appeal:
A Swiss court has accepted film-maker Roman Polanski’s plea to be freed on bail from a Swiss jail where he is being held for a US child sex case.
Polanski has been wanted in the US since fleeing the country in 1978 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex a year earlier with a 13-year-old girl. …
While on bail, Polanski would have to be kept under house arrest and electronic monitoring at his Swiss chalet, according to Associated Press news agency.
The ruling is not thought to affect the Swiss government’s ongoing assessment of whether it should extradite Polanski to the US.
Well, except for the fact that Polanski will skip on his bail before getting extradited. He’s been on the run for 30 years on a charge on which he’s already admitted guilt in court. What idiot expects him to stay in Switzerland once let out of prison?
By the way, it’s worth noting that today is November 25th — the last day that the US had to execute a new, formal extradition request. Have we done so? Could the bail issue be related to a failure to comply?