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Earlier today, one of Roman Polanski’s attorneys seemed to open up the possibility that the famed director would accept extradition to the United States. “If the procedure drags on, it is not impossible that Roman Polanski could choose to go and explain himself in the United States, where there are some arguments in his favor,” Polanski’s lawyer Georges Kiejman told French radio.
But another member of Polanski’s legal team is discounting that chess move. French attorney Herve Temine says there has been “no change in strategy” and that Polanski will “continue to fight extradition.”
Polanski may need to get his other lawyers, including Chad Hummel or Reid Weingarten, to weigh in as a tie-breaker.
It’s hard to know exactly how much time Polanski figures to serve in U.S. jail, making the calculus on Polanski’s best legal course tough to compute. Should he gamble on the small probability that he successfully avoids a flight back to the U.S.? Or maybe put his chips on the possibility that any U.S. jail sentence would be shorter than the amount of depressing time he’ll spend fighting in Swiss detention?
We guess that’s why you hire a bunch of lawyers.
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