Search Results for: polanski outlook rittenband

Roman Polanski wins another legal battle


If California Gov. Jerry Brown had a lick of common sense, he’d pardon Roman Polanski and end a wrong-headed and probably illegal campaign by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office to drag the world famous director back to the U.S. … Continue reading

esnl’s role in Polanski case erupts anew


Yep, the statements we presented to documentary filmmaker Maria Zenovich for her documentary Roman Polanski, Wanted and Desired, has set off yet another legal furor that could end Roman Polanski’s four-decades-long California legal trails. We have written extensively about the … Continue reading

esnl interviewed about the Roman Polanski case


David Walsh of the World Socialist Web Site conducted the interview. Here’s the setup: Swiss authorities announced July 12 that 76-year-old filmmaker Roman Polanski would not be extradited to the US. Polanski was arrested September 26, 2009 on his arrival … Continue reading

People v Roman Polanski, III: A matter of law


Throughout the media’s coverage of the latest turns in the case of People v. Roman Polanski, the most common theme runs like this: The Polish-born director fled the country to avoid serving his prison sentence. That’s simply wrong, a deft … Continue reading

People v Roman Polanski II: Judicial arrogance


As a journalist who covered the 1977 prosecution of Roman Polanski from the start, I was the only reporter in the courtroom throughout who knew the judge. And I can say without equivocation that Laurence J. Rittenband was one of … Continue reading

People v. Roman Polanski: The basic facts, Pt. I


The real lesson of the latest iteration of the Roman Polanski case isn’t about justice. It’s more revealing about Americans as a people than it is about an incident that took place in Jack Nicholson’s home so many years ago. … Continue reading

Roman Polanski, justice denied — 3


On Aug. 8, 1977, the eighth anniversary of Sharon Tate’s murder at the hands of Tex Watson and other members of the Charles Manson Family, Roman Polanski formally entered his plea in the Santa Monica courtroom of Los Angeles County … Continue reading

Roman Polanski, justice denied–1


Despite the media furor now underway, I can state without equivocation that Roman Polanski has been the victim of a deplorable case of judicial corruption. While giving alcohol and Quaaludes to a thirteen-year-old girl, then having anal sex with her … Continue reading

Replay: Marilyn Monroe’s bugs and a .22-caliber killer


Here’s an esnl repost from 18 July 2010, an oldie but goody still generating a fair number of hits: Marilyn Monroe, perhaps the most emblematic Old Hollywood screen star, is in the news again, this time because the last house she … Continue reading

Blast from the past: Bugging Marilyn Monroe


Plus mafiosi, celebrity buggers, JFK, and so much more. . . First up, a post from 18 July 2010: Marilyn Monroe’s bugs and a .22-caliber killer Marilyn Monroe, perhaps the most emblematic Old Hollywood screen star, is in the news … Continue reading

Marilyn Monroe’s bugs and a .22-caliber killer


Marilyn Monroe, perhaps the most emblematic Old Hollywood screen star, is in the news again, this time because the last house she owned — and the one where she died — is up for sale again. Asking price: $3.6 million. … Continue reading