But the public interest in the matter lies in the upholding of the law that says that men should not rape women, especially not 13-year-olds. It may seem in this particular case like an empty gesture, but absent some compelling reason... some reason that has traction in a court of law... no exception will be made for Mr. Polanski. Incidentally, it's not his prosecution that is at issue; he had already been found guilty in court. The question left unaddressed by his having fled was that of his sentencing.
I am not normally a great advocate of law for law's sake. I find law as a discipline to be arbitrary and capricious, and depending much more on the cleverness of lawyers than the interests of justice. However, this particular law... the one that says that women should not be raped... is one that I can get behind.
I have a teenage daughter and a four-year-old who have never been raped, and God willing never will be, even by so distinguished a personage as Mr. Polanski. His fulfillment of a criminal sentence is in their interest.