The fine editorial writers at Scripps Howard believe Polanski has suffered enough. He has not been able to work in the US, and he was not allowed to accept his Oscar, and who knows how many more he might have received had the evil US not wanted him for fucking a thirteen year-old girl.
"He might have made many more great films and won more Oscars if he had been able to stay in Hollywood. His punishment is wondering what might have been."
Do you think Mr. McFeatthers advocated for us all to forget about the Catholic Clergy who diddled young parishioners decades in the past? After all, many did good, Godly work afterward?
If that piece of shit screwed my thirteen year-old daughter, we would not be discussing the merits of Mr. Polanski(spit)and his work thirty-plus years later. Editorials could be asking what if the son of a bitch had lived to make another movie. Big Dick is absolutely correct. If child rapist Roman Polanski raped and sodomized my daughter he would be a dead man. Had Charlie Manson not done away with Sharon Tate would Polanski have molested their daughter? There is a "what if" for you, McFeatthers.
Why don't we let the professional writers state my case far better and more effectively? Read this article. Here is the money quote:
"But for good or ill, the justice system doesn't work on behalf of victims; it works on behalf of justice...It works on behalf of the people, in fact -- the people whose laws in every state make it clear that both child rape and fleeing prosecution are serious crimes. The point is not to keep 76-year-old Polanski off the streets or help his victim feel safe. The point is that drugging and raping a child, then leaving the country before you can be sentenced for it, is behavior our society should not -- and at least in theory, does not -- tolerate, no matter how famous, wealthy or well-connected you are, no matter how old you were when you finally got caught, no matter what your victim says about it now, no matter how mature she looked at 13, no matter how pushy her mother was, and no matter how many really swell movies you've made."
The bottom line is Polanski drugged a thirteen year-old girl. He then performed oral sex on her when she said NO, then raped her when she said NO, then performed sodomy on her when she said NO. He admitted his guilt, then fled the country. That he did not do it again is no excuse. That he is a talented artist has no bearing. Justice demands payment.