Some supporters of Roman Polanski argue that the director should not be extradited to the US to be tried in connection with his flight from justice, after he pled guilty in a plea bargain, to drugging and raping a thirteen-year old child. Polanski fled apparently because he did not want to serve a possible prison sentence and/or be legally deported. They oppose the extradition, in part because they think his good work as a film director outweighs his crime and his flight from justice. Surely, the issue of his good works and sympathy for his mental state from his own horrible misfortunes versus the nature of his crime is a matter to be weighed in a court, where evidence, and not simply political propaganda, can be applied. Society's interest in protecting children should not discriminate in favor of rich, powerful, or famous perpetuators. Further, there is the matter of the crime itself. The rape was appalling violence. To appreciate the violence, with sufficient courage most adults can imagine the physical damage and mental pain suffered by Polanski's child victim from Polanski's forced penile penetration of her anus, pain for which he had insufficient empathy to forestall the pleasure of his ejaculation in her. Was he--is he--a sadist? Movie award ceremonies are not the bar of justice. He should be returned to the United States for completion of the legal proceedings against him.
Update. September 29, 2009. Absolving Polanski has become a cause for the Euro-American-Hollyweird Left (over 100 such dandies of ideas signed a petition supporting Polanski [h/t Hot Air]) and reproving the moral vacuity of the Left has become a cause for American Conservatives. Especially worth reading are: Reliapundit (who puts the issue of Hollywood's double standard with quick and brutal clarity), American Digest, Ann Althouse, and Patterico's Pontifications (also 1, 2, 3, 4).