This is the latest in a long series of efforts by Roman Polanski and friends to help the Oscar-winning director return to this country. The AP reports that lawyers for Polanski, who’s been a fugitive in France for the past 30 years, filed a request today to dismiss the notorious sex case involving an underage girl because of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. The motion alleges that a documentary about Polanski released earlier this year revealed “a pattern of misconduct and improper communications” between the DA’s office and the judge in Polanski’s case. It was back in 1978 that Polanski skipped sentencing and fled the United States after pleading guilty to having sex with the 13-year-old who has since forgiven him. He was initially indicted on six felony counts and faced up to life in prison. Instead, he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Five other counts were dismissed. When he left the country, the judge issued a warrant for his arrest that is still in effect. Polanski won the Bes Director Oscar for 2002’s The Pianist.