LOS ANGELES -- A California appeals court panel denied a request Thursday to dismiss the 1970s teen sex case against Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski.
The petition, filed on behalf of Polanski's victim, Samantha Geimer, was "summarily denied by order" by a panel from the 2nd District Court of Appeal.
Geimer's attorney, Lawrence Silver, filed court papers last month, asking the appellate court panel to intervene based on alleged judicial and
"Samantha Geimer was first victimized by Polanski. Whatever harm was done to her 33 years ago by Polanski is now a memory. Samantha Geimer is
currently victimized by the judicial system in the maintenance of a prosecution, stale of fact and devoid of current purpose except to advance a
political career," Silver wrote in his March 23 filing. "Justice is not made of such stuff."
In a 12-page response last week, prosecutors countered that Geimer `has no right or authority to dictate the outcome of a criminal case, nor is she
entitled to examine evidence possessed either by the prosecution or the defense."
In January, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza denied requests by both Polanski and Geimer to dismiss the case against him, along
with a request by Geimer to order prosecutors to withdraw their extradition request for Polanski, who was arrested last September after arriving in
Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sexual intercourse with Geimer, who was 13 at the time.
He fled to France in 1978 before he could be sentenced after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laurence Rittenband indicated he was going to reject a
plea agreement under which the director would have been able to stay out of prison.
In a separate action last month, Polanski's attorneys asked the appellate court to immediately order Polanski to be sentenced without being in
court. They also cited an "urgent need for a full evidentiary hearing" into alleged misconduct in the 1970s by Rittenband and then-Deputy District Attorney
David Wells, who was assigned to Rittenband's courtroom but not the Polanski case at the time. That request is still pending before the appeals court.
The 76-year-old filmmaker -- who won an Oscar in 2002 for directing "The Pianist" -- has been under house arrest at his ski chalet in the Swiss resort of Gstaad since being released from custody Dec. 4.
Victim's Request to Dismiss Case Against Roman Polanski Denied
Samatha Geimer, who was 13 at the time of the incident, wants the case dismissed against the Oscar winning director.
Roman Polanski (Getty Images)