I never knew much about this case and the events so this was pretty educational.
I see there being two issues here and they sdn’t be combined, imo.
1. What Polanski did
2. The way it was handled by the courts
If he did what he was accused of, charged with and/or admitted to, he sd have been and sd still be punished.
However, the way it was handled was pretty bad (not necessarily towards him though it did affect him, but just as far as the justice system goes).
Clearly he cdn’t trust Judge Rittenband, but they sd have gotten him thrown out (which they did later).
The new judge agreed he wdn’t get any more jail time but there was disagreement about whether or not the hearing wd be televised which kept Polanski away. There’s probably a bit more to it than that, but it seems like a small reason.
I just think that some people might be overlooking what he did and what he admitted to (which was so much less than the original charges) b/c of the way it was handled. I see them as 2 separate things.