Going Nowhere

Polanski's Freedom Has No Price

Apparently, the third time is not a charm for Roman Polanski. The famous director, who has been held in a Swiss prison since September, was once again denied bail on Friday in spite of offering a “very, very significant” amount of cash to Swiss justice officials—his largest offer to date. Polanski’s lawyer felt confident that the sum would be adequate to assure Swiss officials that Polanski was not a flight risk, but the government seems determined to keep him in the country. Polanski was arrested in Zurich on Sept. 26 on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles in Jack Nicholson’s home in 1977. He is awaiting extradition to the United States.