Judge Peter Espinoza rejected a request by Polanski to be sentenced in absentia. The judge stated unequivocally that the only way the 1978 case could be resolved is if Polanski returned to California.
"I choose to insist in defense of the integrity of the judicial system. He needs to appear," Espinoza said. "I've made it clear he needs to surrender.... Motion is denied."
I am still thinking there is more to this then meets the eye.
Why after all this time? Is it time to pay the piper?