Will Los Angeles DA Give Up Polanski Fight? Now that Swiss authorities have refused to extradite director Roman Polanski to Los Angeles, the three-decade legal battle may be all but dead. Polanski is once again a free man, so long as he doesn't return to the U.S. or visit some country willing to arrest him on a Los Angeles warrant. But will the L.A. County D.A. finally give up the fight to try Polanski for forcing sex on a minor?
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Will Los Angeles DA Give Up Polanski Fight?

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Now that Swiss authorities have refused to extradite director Roman Polanski to Los Angeles, the three-decade legal battle may be all but dead. Polanski is once again a free man, so long as he doesn't return to the U.S. or visit some country willing to arrest him on a Los Angeles warrant. But will the L.A. County D.A. finally give up the fight to try Polanski for forcing sex on a minor?

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Michele Norris.

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

The woman who was Roman Polanski's teenage victim says enough's enough. She wants to move on with her life and she hopes that officials in Los Angeles will finally stop trying to bring him back to the U.S. in a sex case that is now more than three decades old.

NORRIS: NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates has our story.

KAREN GRIGSBY BATES: But the D.A.'s office in Los Angeles hasn't given up the idea that Polanski will someday wind up in custody in a country that's willing to extradite him.

NIKKI FINKE: This creates a situation where Polanski's career will only now go so far.

GRIGSBY BATES: Nikki Finke, editor of DeadlineHollywood.com, says Polanski still has to watch where he goes and look over his shoulder.

FINKE: Yes, he's won an Oscar recently, but he will never be a true Hollywood filmmaker if he can't freely go from country to country or even work in this country.

GRIGSBY BATES: It's why Polanski was a no-show back in 2003, when he won the Best Director Academy Award for "The Pianist."

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GRIGSBY BATES: As far as Steve Cooley, L.A. County's district attorney, is concerned, Polanski is still a wanted man, and this week's setback with Swiss authorities has changed nothing.

SUSAN ESTRICH: This is not a minor crime. This is not an instance where no harm was done. Harm was done.

GRIGSBY BATES: Susan Estrich, a law professor at the University of Southern California, says Cooley's team had a hard but necessary task.

ESTRICH: They tried to stand up for the principle that no one is above the law, and the fact that that's not the rule in Switzerland doesn't mean it's not the rule that should be pursued here.

GRIGSBY BATES: Unidentified Man #2 (Actor): (As character) Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.

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GRIGSBY BATES: Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR News.

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