Deputy District Attorney David Walgren argued vehemently against Polanski’s bid to be sentenced without returning to this country from Switzerland, where he is under house arrest and fighting extradition.

Espinoza, however, interrupted Walgren as he began to denounce the director as “this criminal, this fugitive, this child rapist.”

“This is not helpful,” Espinoza snapped. “I’d rather not inflame this proceeding.”