Um, yeah. This is astonishing. I can't believe the things I'm hearing out of the mouths of people I used to respect. Whoopi Goldberg said it wasn't "rape-rape." One petition suggests that Polanski shouldn't be prosecuted because of Europe's statute of limitations. Others are furious because the child's mother was pushy, or because there might have been judicial misconduct. All of this is irrelevant. Bottom line: Roman Polanski plead guilty and then ran away. By letting him go, we'd be saying that it's okay to rape a young girl as long as you have the money and clout to hide long enough.
It's all just so depressing. I can't handle any more "news" on this topic.