Roman Polanski lost his latest bid to close the books on a 1977 rape case in Los Angeles while he remains a fugitive from the U.S. Polanski has had his lawyers working on getting him a plea deal that would enable him to return to the US without his being thrown in prison the moment her does return, but Roman has yet to find a sympathetic judge.
It was the apparent breaking of that promise by now-deceased Judge Laurence Rittenband, who supposedly threatened up to 50 years behind bars, that caused Polanski to run to LAX in 1978 and leave the country.
In 1977, Polanksi pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, 13-year-old _Samantha Geimer in Los Angeles.
Polanski's lawyer, Harland Braun, said Gordon's order failed to address what he called the central issue in the case: misconduct by several previous judges who handled the case.
He admitted statutory rape after a number of more serious charges were dropped, and spent an initial 42 days in jail before getting out on bail ahead of his trial.
Mr Braun said his client "wants to wrap up" the case, adding: "We know what he was promised - we know he has served eight times what he was promised".
The ruling says many of Polanski's requests have already been denied by other courts. "It can't", Braun said.
However, the judge ruled that he was not entitled to any special treatment.
He was arrested in 2009 while entering Switzerland to receive a prize at the Zurich Film Festival, as a U.S. request for his extradition had been freshly submitted.
"The People have unambiguously stated their desire to avoid discussing any substantive issues regarding Polanski's case until he is physically present in the court's jurisdiction", Gordon noted. Polanski still makes films in countries where he wouldn't have to worry about extradition. The ruling echoed similar court decisions in the past. "He's denied the motion but he's going to have a hearing about unsealing it", he told AFP.
The US then asked Poland to send him back in 2015 but courts there decided he had served his time.
In 2003, he was a no-show at the Academy Awards ceremony where he won an Oscar for his film "The Pianist".
Braun contends that a trail of emails shows that a judge who was assigned to Polanski's case in 2008 got "marching orders" from another jurist not to consider the filmmaker's request for closure unless he showed up in court.