Roman Polanski attorneys plead to end case

April 8, 2010 11:03:58 AM PDT
Roman Polanski's lawyers have filed a last legal volley with an appeals court, urging that his 33-year-old sex case be ended in the interest of justice. They made their latest plea in a response to arguments from prosecutors who say Polanski must return from Europe to face sentencing. The defense argued that the director should be sentenced in absentia to time served and that a special prosecutor should investigate what they say was judicial misconduct in his case. The papers were filed Tuesday.

They also said that Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland, has mounting debts and no way to earn a living while in custody.