Kate Ward
January 23, 2010 AT 03:42 PM EST

On Friday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied director Roman Polanski’s request to be sentenced while he remains under house arrest in Switzerland. This upheld the judge’s prior ruling demanding that the director return to the United States in order to reach resolution on the case. Polanski’s lawyers argued that the judge who originally presided over the case had plans to jail him for no more than 90 days — a short sentence that would not force the director to be extradited to the United States.

Polanski fled California after being convicted of having unlawful sex with a minor 32 years ago. He has been held in Switzerland since September, when he was arrested on his way to a film festival.

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