One of Roman Polanski's lawyers told CBS News this morning that he does not think Polanski - who admitted to sex with a thirteen year old thirty-two years ago but who fled to Europe before he was sentenced - can now get a fair trial in the United States.
And if the arguments on American television are any indication, there's no doubt feelings are running high, said CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips.
"I have no sympathy for him. He's in jail. Three hots and a cot, that's what you're supposed to get," said Star Jones on "The Insider." "Something tells me Spike Lee would not have been allowed to chill in France for the last three decades had he admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old."
Jones went on to say, "Roman Polanski is very much loved by the Hollywood industry and they are out there putting petitions together . . . Because he is white and he is rich, he was privileged."
And even if the racism card weren't being played, the case is being further confused by the admission now by an L.A. prosecutor at the time that he lied when he claimed that he tried to influence the judge in the case.
"It was me puffing up my involvement in the case," said David Wells. "If you pull all the feathers away from it, it was a lie."
Polanski reportedly fled when he began to fear his plea bargain arrangement that he would get a lighter sentence would not be honored.
Now Polanski's lawyers say the 72-year-old fugitive director is in poor health and depressed after two weeks in a Swiss jail.
The lawyer also says that the U.S., which requested Polanski's arrest, has not yet formally asked for his extradition.
It has a 40-day window to do that and the Swiss government could take months to consider it.