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Should Roman Polanski go to jail for raping a 13-year-old 30 years ago?


If director Roman Polanski were a priest and had raped a 13-year-old, there would be universal condemnation and disdain across America.polanski.jpg

But as Father Tom Reese of Georgetown University points out, no one seems too outraged that Polanski, who won an Academy Award in 2003, fled the United States in 1978 before his sentencing on charges of giving drugs and alcohol to a minor and having unlawful sex. He faced a 50-year sentence and was arrested on Saturday after three decades on the run.

The victim, Samantha Geimer of Hawaii, says she does not want to prosecute, which to me makes it different from the Catholic sexual abuse cases, in which many victims sought justice decades later. Still, I do see the double standard. What do you think?

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Gretchen Day-Bryant has a son in high school and a daughter in middle school. She’s lived to tell about the struggles of juggling little kids and work.
Joy Oglesby has a preschooler...
Cindy Kent Fort Lauderdale mother of three. Her kids span in ages from teenager to 20s.
Rafael Olmeda and his wife welcomed their first son in Feb. 2009, and he's helping raise two teenage stepdaughters.
Lois Solomonlives with her husband and three daughters.
Georgia East is the parent of a five-year-old girl, who came into the world weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces.
Brittany Wallman is the mother of Creed, 15, and Lily, 7, and is married to a journalist, Bob Norman. She covers Broward County government, which is filled with almost as much drama as the Norman household. Almost.
Chris Tiedje is the Social Media Coordinator and the father of a 7-year-old girl, and two boys ages 4 and 3.
Kyara Lomer Camarena has a 2-year-old son, Copelan, and a brand new baby.


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