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July 12, 2022: District Attorney Gascón Seeks Transparency in Polanski Case Through Unsealing of Transcripts

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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that his office will no longer object to the release of the conditional examination transcripts of former Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson in the case of People v. Roman Polanski.

Several years ago, the victim in this case requested that the court unseal the transcripts and conduct an investigation into alleged judicial misconduct.

“This case has been described by the courts as ‘one of the longest-running sagas in California criminal justice history,’” District Attorney Gascón said. “For years, this office has fought the release of information that the victim and public have a right to know.

After careful consideration of the victim’s wishes, the unique and extraordinary circumstances that led to his conditional exam and my commitment to transparency and accountability for all in the justice system, my office has determined it to be in the interest of justice to agree to the unsealing of these transcripts.”

In August 1977, Polanski pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He fled the United States before a sentencing hearing.

Polanski remains a fugitive from justice and should surrender himself to the Los Angeles County Superior Court to be sentenced.


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