It Goes without saying

If you are charged of a crime and admit your guilt, doesn't it go without saying that you should pay for the crime you committed? Michael Vick spent almost two years in prison for dog fighting. Had he fled to someplace like France, not only would they have hunted him down, but they also would have extradited him to the U.S. to stand trail. No 30 year wait. No assumption of innocence, despite having admitted it. Just arrest and extradition.

So why all the complaints about Roman Polanski's arrest?


32 years ago, he admitted raping a 13 year old girl after plying her with alcohol and drugs. Is that somehow less offensive than dog fighting? Is that now an acceptable practice? Of course not, and most reasonable people agree.

According to a recent Chicago Tribune article, more than 70% of nearly 29,500 respondents to an online poll in the French daily Le Figaro, believe that Polanski should face justice for his crimes.

And in Zurich, where Polanski was arrested, many applauded his arrest as well. 40-year-old Maja Tanner said, "He deserves it, because let's not forget that the person we are talking about was a child. "As a mother, I can only affirm that it is right what our government did, and that I would want to see justice even after so many years."

Meanwhile, actress and Zurich Film Festival jury president, Debra Winger demanded Pokanski's release on Monday. On the ABC gossip show, "The View," Whoopi Goldberg proclaimed, "“I know it wasn’t rape-rape. It was something else but I don’t believe it was rape-rape. He went to jail and and when they let him out he was like ‘You know what, this guy’s going to give me a hundred years in jail I’m not staying,’ so that’s why he left.” (http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1320151605?bctid=42458619001)

Columnist David Gibson rightly asks the question, "If Roman Polanksi were wearing a Roman collar? Would "Monsignor Polanksi" receive the same considerations?" Clearly not; nor would I want him to.

It goes without saying that if you admit to a crime like rape (specifically the rape of a 13 year old girl), there is no statute of limitations. Justice must be fulfilled.

NEWS LINKS
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-fg-polanski-europe29-2009sep29,0,591178.story

http://www.theweek.com/article/index/100928/Roman_Polanskis_arrest

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/09/29/roman-polanski-what-if-he-were-father-roman/