Judge: Polanski won't be sentenced in abstentia
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge ruled Friday that Roman Polanski must return to the U.S. to be sentenced in a decades-old sex case.
Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza said he ruled "in defense of the integrity of the justice system, he needs to surrender."
His ruling is likely to be appealed.
Attorneys for the 76-year-old director have argued their client should be sentenced in absentia to time already served after pleading guilty in 1978 to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.
Prosecutors insist Polanski must appear in a Los Angeles courtroom and not be permitted to manipulate the justice system.
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