The couple accused of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl and keeping her hidden in their backyard for 18 years pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges...
Phillip Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy, appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court to answer 29 criminal counts that included kidnapping for sexual purposes, forcible lewd acts on a child and rape.
In 1977, he was accused of raping the teenager while photographing her during a modeling session. The girl said Polanski plied her with champagne and part of a Quaalude pill at Jack Nicholson's house while the actor was away. She said that, despite her protests, he performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her.
Why is there a petition for the realease of Roman Polanski, signed by such examples of sexual integrity as Woody Allen and not for Phillip Garrido? Have all the Hollywood and entertainment heavyweights really thought about these two cases? Why should they think one of these sexual criminals is worthy of exoneration and the other not? Maybe they are just being blinded by the fact that one of them is one of theeir own. Maybe they're just circling the wagons. Maybe now that they think about it, some of them will back a petition for the release of Mr Garrido.
Or then again, may it's just plain old fashioned hypocrisy.