PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Attorneys ask court to dismiss Polanski case

Attorneys ask court to dismiss Polanski case

LOS ANGELES -- Lawyers for Roman Polanski and his victim in a 32-year-old case joined forces Thursday to ask an appeals court to dismiss a sexual misconduct charge against the director in the interest of justice.

It was a surprise move in a lively hearing where appellate justices peppered lawyers and a prosecutor with pointed questions, often interrupting their arguments to raise new issues.

Associate Justice Laurie Zelon asked the prosecutor why the district attorney's office had not investigated recent allegations of misconduct by a judge and prosecutor during Polanski's 1977 court proceedings.

ABC appoints former adviser as host of 'GMA'

NEW YORK -- ABC's George Stephanopoulos is officially moving to the morning.

The network announced that Stephanopoulos will replace Diane Sawyer as co-host of ''Good Morning America'' starting Monday. He'll be paired with Robin Roberts.

The show's executive producer, Jim Murphy, said the arrival of Stephanopoulos signals the show plans to toughen up by adding more news content. Stephanopoulos has been host of ''This Week'' on Sundays and will continue as the network's chief political correspondent.

Stephanopoulos was an adviser to President Bill Clinton before joining ABC.

LA man pleads not guilty to stealing from Catwoman

LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles man pleaded not guilty Thursday to stealing $25,000 in jewelry from actress Julie Newmar, who portrayed the first Catwoman on the 1960s ''Batman'' TV series,

Newmar, 76, spotted the pilfered jewelry for sale on eBay and alerted authorities. Robert Ouriel, 48, pleaded not guilty to grand theft Thursday, one day after Los Angeles prosecutors charged him.

Ouriel's attorney, Jeff Rubenstein, said he expects his client will be vindicated.

''Mr. Ouriel wants to clear his name quickly and I believe this case will be resolved to everyone's satisfaction very soon,'' Rubenstein said.