"The Swiss government asked the U.S. Justice Department to release sealed transcripts in the Roman Polanski case just days before a Los Angeles judge was told that the Swiss did not request that information, according to a letter from Swiss officials that points to apparent miscommunication in the case."Note that this first paragraph is completely confusing, possibly intentionally so. It confuses two separate proceedings, one brought by Roman's lawyers before a Los Angeles judge, and the other being the extradition, which was between the Pedoland Government and the U. S. Justice Department. The Los Angeles judge is a red herring. The article continues (my emphasis in red):
"The officials said that the denial of access to the information was the key factor in the refusal to extradite the film maker to the U.S., according to the letter to the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.and:
A district attorney's spokeswoman said their office was never notified of the Swiss request and did not know that the Justice Department had turned it down.
The letter dated Monday was obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday night. It provided a time line of when the request was filed and when it was turned down.
The letter blamed the denial of extradition solidly on the refusal by the Justice Department to show transcripts of testimony by the film director's original prosecutor to Swiss officials.
"Since the additional documents requested were not transmitted in full, extradition of Roman Polanski to the United States of America is thus denied," said the letter.
Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney said she had no comment on the matter.
The Swiss said that they wanted to know whether Polanski, who was being held in a 33-year-old sex case, had already served his sentence.
The Swiss had said from the beginning that their extradition laws allowed Polanski to be sent to the United States only if he was going to be required to serve at least six months in prison. They sought the testimony of original prosecutor Roger Gunson to clarify the matter.
On May 13, the letter said, the Justice Department "responded that the desired copy of the statement of Roger Gunson could not be given out."
The letter added, "Under these circumstances it cannot be excluded with certainty that Roman Polanski, who was imprisoned in the Chino State Prison for 42 days, has not already served the sentence imposed on him."
It was the first indication that the Swiss were potentially accepting arguments raised by Polanski's lawyers who claimed he was a victim of misconduct by now deceased Superior Court Judge Laurence Rittenband. The letter mentions Rittenband by name and said authorities wanted to know whether Rittenband had promised Polanski that his time undergoing a diagnostic study in prison would be his entire sentence. He had pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.
The request was transmitted to the Justice Department, they said, on May 5, 2010.
Adding to the confusion, Swiss Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli had said on April 30 that his department wasn't interested in the testimony. "Such documents are irrelevant for the extradition proceedings," he had told the AP.
But the ministry said it then asked U.S. authorities for the transcript only days later because it was believed to contain evidence of paramount importance to the case.
Asked after Polanksi's release about what seemed to be an about-turn, the ministry declined to explain itself."
"District attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said prosecutors in Los Angeles were never notified of the request. She said the only contact from the Justice Department was a query asking for an explanation of what a conditional examination was."Had the L. A. prosecutors been informed, they could have easily turned over the information (which was completely irrelevant to any good faith extradition proceeding). The request for this information was just a ruse, unnecessary to the Pedoland determination. A phony request for unnecessary information cooked up in a conspiracy between pedophile interests in Pedoland and the U. S. Justice Department, serving as a front for the Jewish Entertainment Industrial Complex. The point of the exercise was to find a way to keep Roman out of the United States, and keep the Los Angeles prosecutors in the dark until it was too late. The whole trick turned on creating phony doubts about the original proceedings based on the nuttiest of the conspiracy theories of the defense, the alleged wrongdoing of the original judge, a theory presented by Polanski defenders without even a shred of evidence, and based on the legally wrong idea that a judge has to accept a plea bargain as presented to him.