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Roman Polanski's new legal team wants his case closed

Celebrity attorney Alan M. Dershowitz is requesting permission to represent director Roman Polanski in California, saying Polanski "has taken responsibility for his actions, served his sentence, and a remedy should now be fashioned by the court once and for all."

Polanski, 81, was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, and was sent for a psychiatric evaluation. After hearing that the judge planned to give him additional jail time, Polanski fled before he was sentenced.

On Monday, a filing was made in Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming the prosecutors in the case gave false information to support a recent attempt to extradite Polanski from Poland, The New York Times reports. The filing also requested a hearing be held to close the case, drawing on new testimony suggesting that a Superior Court judge in 2009 had a secret plan to put Polanski in jail before sentencing the director to time served.