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How to Rebut Polanski's Defenders

The apologists are lining up for Roman Polanski. Want to read a satisfying rebuttal? Kate Harding has one at Salon. One apologist, Anne Applebaum at The Washington Post, writes that “there is evidence of judicial misconduct at the original trial.” Harding points out, “There is also evidence that Polanski raped a child.” Harding also makes quick work of Applebaum’s excuse that Polanski’s parents’ experiences in the Holocaust may have led to “an understandable fear of irrational punishment.” Harding writes “being sentenced for pleading guilty to child rape is basically the definition of rational punishment.”