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Roman Polanski case transcripts should be unsealed, LA DA

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Los Angeles County District Legal professional George Gascón introduced Tuesday that he’ll not object to unsealing transcripts associated to director Roman Polanski’s decades-old sexual assault case.

Polanski pleaded responsible in 1977 to at least one rely of illegal sexual activity with a 13-year-old woman. He fled the nation to France earlier than a sentencing listening to and stays a fugitive.

CNN has reached out to his consultant for remark.

In 2014, Samantha Geimer, the sufferer within the case, requested the courtroom unseal the transcripts of then Deputy District Legal professional Roger Gunson’s deposition and examine alleged judicial misconduct.

“My request has repeatedly been denied. I’ve been instructed that Mr. Polanski should give up himself to the American authorities with a purpose to have the misconduct on this case investigated. Additional, the testimony should stay sealed except there may be an investigation. I consider this reply is disingenuous,” Geimer wrote to the LA district legal professional’s workplace final month, persevering with her effort.

“This case has been described by the courts as ‘one of many longest-running sagas in California legal justice historical past,” Gascón stated in an announcement on Tuesday. “For years, this workplace has fought the discharge of data that the sufferer and public have a proper to know. After cautious consideration of the sufferer’s needs, the distinctive and extraordinary circumstances that led to his conditional examination and my dedication to transparency and accountability for all within the justice system, my workplace has decided it to be within the curiosity of justice to conform to the unsealing of those transcripts.”

In a 2010 interview with CNN, Geimer stated she didn’t wish to cope with the media circus surrounding the director if he had been to ever return to the US and she or he thought the choose in Polanski’s case had been dishonest with him.

“The Gunson deposition was successfully a post-plea evidentiary listening to on judicial and prosecutorial misconduct – quite than a conditional examination to protect the testimony of a sufferer or witness for trial – and the security points ceaselessly current in instances the place conditional examinations are used will not be current on this case,” Gascón stated in his submitting with the appeals courtroom. “Thus the transcript needs to be unsealed.”

The courtroom has but to set a date for a listening to on this matter.

CNN has sought remark from Gunson.