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Roman Polanski

Should fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski be allowed back in the USA?

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

Roman Polanski fled the United States 40 years ago because he feared a Los Angeles judge would send him to prison for years after he admitted having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The filmmaker, who found refuge in Europe, has renewed his legal effort to be allowed back in California with no more jail time so he can resume his movie-making career. His lawyers argue Polanski has been punished enough.

Polanski entered a guilty plea to having sex with an underage girl as part of a plea agreement in 1977. The prosecutor dropped the rape allegation and other charges in the deal. Polanski was ordered to stay in custody for 45 days for a psychiatric evaluation.

But Polanski learned the judge had changed his mind about not imposing addition prison time, prompting the director to flee the country for France.

His victim, who is now in her 50s and has three children, has insisted for years that the Los Angeles district attorney should drop the case.

Nancy Grace and Alan Duke debate Polanski’s case in this episode of “Crime Stories.”

[Feature Photo: AP/Alik Keplicz, File]

Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for LeadStories.com.