That's what I said, FOR, not AGAINST.
I don't care how long ago it was. I don't care if the perpetrator is an Oscar Winner, a Nobel Prize Winner, a Medal of Honor recipient, a Medal of Freedom recipient, a Supreme Court Justice, a Senator, a Congressman, a CEO, a janitor.
You rape a 13-year-old-child, you go to jail.
Wait, I'm not being technically correct here - unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor - per the Guardian's technical footnote.
What did Roman Polanski do?
He has admitted he had sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977 after plying her with champagne and Quaaludes at the home of actor Jack Nicholson.
Graphic detail from the transcripts:
A. Then he lifted up my legs and went in through my anus.
Q. What do you mean by that?
A. He put his penis in my butt.
. . . .
Q. Do you know whether he had a climax?
Q. And how do you know that?
A. Because I could kind of feel it and it was in my underwear. It was in my underwear. It was on my butt and stuff.
Q. When you say that, you believe that he climaxed in your anus?
Q. What does climax mean?
A. That his semen came out.
Q. Do you know what semen is?
Q. Did you see some semen or feel some semen?
A. I felt it.
Q. Where did you feel it?
A. I felt it on the back of my behind and in my underwear when I put them on.
Where was this guy arrested?
Mr. Polanski was taken into custody Saturday evening upon his arrival in Zurich for a film festival, where he was to have received a lifetime-achievement award. Swiss police arrested him at the request of U.S. authorities on a 1978 warrant issued after he became a fugitive.
And a French Foreign minister has the gall to say in USA Today:
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner called the apprehension a "bit sinister. A man of such talent, recognized in the entire world … all this just isn't nice."
French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand told French news media, "In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face."
Actors have weighed in:
The festival has been “unfairly exploited” to secure Polanski’s arrest over a case that is “all but dead,” said U.S. actress Debra Winger, president of the film event’s jury.
“Despite the philistine nature of the collusion that has now occurred, we came to honor Roman Polanski as a great artist,” Winger said in a statement read to reporters.
“We hope today this latest order will be dropped,” Winger said. “It is based on a three-decade-old case that is all but dead except for a minor technicality.”
And important people have weighed in on it:
philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, who suggested that perhaps the Swiss had more serious criminal matters to attend to than Mr. Polanski, who, he said, “perhaps had committed a youthful error.”
The bureaucrats are hustling on his behalf:
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner, sent a joint letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging U.S. authorities to allow Polanski’s release, she said.
Oh and Harvey Weinstein is all indignant and stuff:
“Film mogul Harvey Weinstein has got behind a campaign by French film-makers calling on US authorities not to extradite the Oscar-winning Polish director in connection with a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor dating back more than three decades.
“Weinstein entered the fray at the personal behest of Cannes film festival director Thierry Fremaux and will now use his considerable influence and campaigning heft to enlist the support of Hollywood.
“”We’re calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation,” Weinstein said, reviving a theme he adopted earlier in the year after he bought international distribution rights at Sundance to the HBO documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.
“The film uncovered flaws in the legal case against the director, prompting Weinstein to allude to a possible campaign to get the charges against Polanski dropped. At a hearing this year a Los Angeles superior court judge agreed there was “substantial misconduct” in the original hearing.
Yes, the now-adult victim wants to drop the charges. It's not her choice, the crime against her was one that the state brought against him.
Dang, I guess 42 days in jail is enough for the drugging, sodomy and rape of a minor - if you're an Oscar winning Director.
What parent in any country would find 42 days an acceptable punishment for the rape of their daughter? What fair and honorable justice system would find this excusable?
Or, are there just two sets of laws, one for those of means, those that are famous, and another for the rest of us?
I guess social justice is only a cause worth fighting for when you're payrolling films like Michael Moore's "Capitalism, a love story."
Bloomberg Link that my php software hates: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aH0td1Cl2qgw
Oh, and feel free to pay attention to this while the story about ACORN workers telling a pair posing as a pimp and whore how they can buy a house, report her occupation as performance art, and list the purported imported child prostitutes as dependants gets shoved under a rock.
Some part of me wonders if this is "A million little pieces" the abortion edition.
So, who's up for making sure that the AP gets no business ever again?
To the family of Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard, they AP owes you, and every member of the armed service an apology.
He served honorably and gave his life for his country, and that is how he should be remembered, rather than as a photo op to sell papers.
And all those outlets that had the nerve to reprint including Huffpo - should be ashamed, too.
Murder in Church - abortion doctor killed by anti-abortion extremist.
Murder in an Army Recruitment center - recruiter killed by militant Muslim extremist.
Delaware Liberal is vocal on one, silent on the other.
Both fall under - crazy people should be in jail, why weren't they caught earlier? Weren't there signs?
5 anon // Apr 6, 2009 at 5:31 am
Actually I’ve wanted to say this for a while… I’m scared. For now, for the first time, I can see why the holocaust could have occurred… Up to now, it was always caused by “bad people” like Nazis….
I always assumed the German population was duped… Now I’m fearful… because if I had lived back then, and believed what I was told of how the Jews had destroyed the German economy, and felt the hatred I feel now to Republicans like Phil Gramm, Dick Cheney, Tom DeLay, who ran this country directly into the ground at a full dive, I would gladly support their eradication, and plea joyfully at the ridding of the world of the disgusting filth that republicans have brought upon us…
That’s not me.. But it takes very little thought to bring on the rage and think perhaps that killing off all republicans could only benefit this nation as a whole…What scares me is that if such thoughts occur me, then who else out there is affected?
Republicans be afraid, be very afraid….
A good blogger would delete such filth from their comments and ban the ip address.
Still waiting...nothing stops the DelawareLiberal.net insanity.
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