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Roman Polanski Ruling Could Have Ramifications Beyond Switzerland

Publication Date: 
July 13, 2010
Los Angeles Times Blogs
Richard Winton, Andrew Blankstein

Professor Robert Weisberg is quoted in the Los Angeles Times on the Swiss government’s refusal to extradite Roman Polanksi:

The Swiss government’s decision not to extradite Roman Polanski to Los Angeles means the famed director can now travel freely in Switzerland as well as France, where he has citizenship protections, and Poland and other countries that don't have extradition agreements with U.S.

But some legal experts said the Swiss justice ministry’s legal rationale for rejecting the extradition request could make other countries -- even those with extradition treaties -- think twice before arresting Polanski.


"Switzerland apparently decided, 'We will not extradite someone back into this legal morass," said Robert Weisberg, a Stanford law professor. "It could be that the effort to bring him back to L.A. was hopeless from the start because, however carefully the extradition papers were prepared, they still would rest on the original proceedings of 1978, which contained a host of perhaps irresolvable issues."