A California appellate court rejected Polanski’s bid to dismiss his case earlier this week, but suggested ways the parties can resolve the matter. The court also noted the serious misconduct by the prosecutor and the judge dating back to the 1970′s case.
It is possible, of course, that some deal between Polanski’s lawyers and the Los Angeles D.A.’s office is reached short of Polanski’s extradition to the U.S. (the appellate court in fact suggested a possible way). However, the D.A.’s office will wait to hear from the Swiss about extradition and will likely not offer any deal unless Polanski returns. If the Swiss deny extradition, however, then a deal with a sentence in absentia is much more likely.