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Roman Polanski attorneys plead to end case

April 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Lawyers for Roman Polanski are now asking a California appeals court to drop the director's sex case.Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles more than 30 years ago, but fled the country before sentencing.

He's now under house arrest in Switzerland. Prosecutors say Polanski must return from Europe to face sentencing.

Polanski's attorneys say the 76-year-old filmmaker should be sentenced in absentia to time served.

Polanski has mounting debts and no way to earn a living while in custody, his attorneys said.