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10.01.09

The Polanski Scandal

Daily Beast contributors weigh in on the arrest of director Roman Polanski. From Thaddeus Russell’s provocative questioning of the age of consent to Marcia Clark’s exclusive interview with the former prosecutor at the center of Roman Polanski’s original trial and Robert Goolrick’s personal account of his own childhood rape, view our full coverage below.

Why the Polanski Case Won't Be Easy
by Marcia Clark

For all the Hollywood angst, L.A. prosecutors tell The Daily Beast’s Marcia Clark, who tried O.J. Simpson, that the Polanski case should be a slam dunk—which makes it a lose-lose at trial.

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How Polanski Could Help the Right
by Ben Crair

Hollywood's rally around admitted rapist Roman Polanski has resurrected the limousine liberal, reminding much of middle America why they hate the left.

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The Lost Polanski Transcripts
by Marcia Clark

The idea that Roman Polanski was done in by an unscrupulous judge is a myth, reports Marcia Clark. The Daily Beast has obtained the startling—and unambiguous—transcripts from his 1977 courtroom guilty plea.

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The End of Swiss Discretion
by Eric Pape

On the lam? Evading taxes? Looting your national treasury? Switzerland has long been a see-no-evil haven for rich criminals like Roman Polanski—but that’s finally changing.

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How Young Is Too Young?
by Thaddeus Russell

The Polanski case revives debate about the age of consent—and how America stacks up against other countries when it comes to sexual permissiveness.

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Polanski's Lost Alibi
by Marcia Clark

A retired L.A. prosecutor—the man at the center of the Polanski judicial misconduct allegations—now tells Marcia Clark that he lied to documentarians, undercutting the director’s defense.

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Polanski's Victim And Me
by Robert Goolrick

As a fellow child rape victim, hearing Roman Polanski’s supporters cite his filmmaking to justify his freedom brings the injustice of that incident flooding back.

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The Polanski Endgame
by Mark Geragos and Pat Harris

A new report claims Roman Polanski was nabbed after he said the D.A. had given up on getting him. But the fugitive director will likely never return to the U.S., and surely avoid jail, write noted trial lawyers Mark Geragos and Pat Harris. Inside Roman Polanski’s unusual legal options.

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Polanski's Next Escape
by Gerald Posner

Roman Polanski’s arrest in Switzerland has blindsided the Los Angeles court. Gerald Posner reports on the director’s 32-year legal odyssey—and whether the district attorney will be forced to drop the case.

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My Battle With Manson
by Vincent Bugliosi

Forty years ago today, Charles Manson’s “family” killed Sharon Tate. Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor who put Manson away, on how he nailed the infamous murderer.

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