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Judge to hear new arguments in long-running Polanski case

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/20/2017 By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer
FILE - This Feb. 25, 2015 file photo shows filmmaker Roman Polanski during a break in a hearing concerning a U.S. request for his extradition over 1977 charges of sex with a minor, in Krakow, Poland. A judge is scheduled to hear arguments from Polanski's attorney on Monday, March 20, 2017, in the latest effort to bring the fugitive director's 1977 unlawful sex with a minor case to a close. Polanski fled to France in 1978 on the eve of sentencing, and his lawyer is now asking a judge to unseal testimony in the case, and also state whether he believes the Oscar winner has already served his incarceration sentence. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Feb. 25, 2015 file photo shows filmmaker Roman Polanski during a break in a hearing concerning a U.S. request for his extradition over 1977 charges of sex with a minor, in Krakow, Poland. A judge is scheduled to hear arguments from Polanski's attorney on Monday, March 20, 2017, in the latest effort to bring the fugitive director's 1977 unlawful sex with a minor case to a close. Polanski fled to France in 1978 on the eve of sentencing, and his lawyer is now asking a judge to unseal testimony in the case, and also state whether he believes the Oscar winner has already served his incarceration sentence. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge is scheduled to hear new arguments from Roman Polanski's lawyer about why the fugitive director's long-running underage sex case should be drawn to a close.

Monday's hearing is the first time Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon will hear arguments in the nearly four-decade-old case. Polanski's attorney, Harland Braun, has argued in court filings that Gordon should clearly state that the "Rosemary's Baby" director should not face additional incarceration in the case.

Prosecutors reject the argument, saying Polanski should not be allowed to make any arguments for how to resolve the case unless he personally appears in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Polanski fled the United States in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl the previous year.

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