So this Polanski dude has been basically hiding from the US for 31
years. I'm not going to claim it was all hell and fear for him, but
clearly his life has been impacted for all this time by his desire to
avoid, what, a few months of jail time? And it's been*** over
his head all this time.
On the other hand, when she was convicted Martha Stewart basically
said "*** the appeals, I'll do the nine months." And then 9 months
later she was out, free and clear, nothing*** over her head and
as far as I can tell her career has pretty much fully recovered. If
she had decided to keep appealing, it would probably still be going on
and*** over her.
Too bad in this comparison it was the woman who realized it's better
to just take your punishment like a man.