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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Court rejects Polanski move to have case dismissed

Court rejects Polanski move to have case dismissed

LOS ANGELES -- A California appeals court on Monday rejected Roman Polanski's bid to have his 32-year-old sex case dismissed, but cited grave concerns over possible judicial and prosecutorial misconduct.

The California 2nd District Court of Appeal announced it had denied the petition, with justices saying they are ''deeply concerned'' about the probable misconduct by a now-deceased judge and a retired prosecutor who advised the director.

''We encourage all participating parties to do their utmost to ensure that this matter now draws to a close in a manner that fully addresses the issues of due process and fundamental fairness raised by the events of long ago,'' the court's opinion stated.

While a blow to Polanski's efforts to have the case dismissed and win his freedom from Swiss authorities, the ruling cast serious doubt on how the case was handled.

The new focus ignited public passions, with some angrily calling for Polanski to be imprisoned.

Family: Brittany Murphy was ill for days

LOS ANGELES -- Brittany Murphy was ill with flulike symptoms in the days before she died, and prescription medications have been taken from her home, coroner's officials said Monday.

The details emerged as authorities tried to determine what killed the 32-year-old star of films such as ''Clueless'' and ''8 Mile'' who collapsed Sunday in the bathroom of her Hollywood Hills home.

Paramedics tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The hospital said she died of cardiac arrest.

''We went to the scene to see if there was anything that suggests foul play, and there wasn't,'' Los Angeles police Detective Wendi Berndt said.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said an autopsy was under way to determine what her caused of death, but it appeared to be natural causes.