Court to rule if Polanski can fight case from afar

The Swiss Justice Ministry says director Roman Polanski, shown in this Jan. 15, 2009, photo, has been held by Swiss authorities pending possible extradition to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.

December 10, 2009 5:05:16 AM PST
A Los Angeles appeals court on Thursday considers whether Roman Polanski needs to appear in person to pursue his claim that his child rape case was tainted by judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and should be thrown out.