Director Roman Polanski is finishing a film from his prison cell where he is fighting extradition charges for a 1977 sex charge.
Lawyers have filed a last legal volley with an appeals court, urging that his 33-year-old sex case be ended in the interest of justice.
The attorneys said in papers filed Tuesday that the court should order an investigation of judicial misconduct in Polanski's original case and that the Oscar-winning filmmaker should not have to pay for it -- an indication that he is running out of funds.
They made their latest plea in a response to arguments from prosecutors who say Polanski must return from Europe to face sentencing.
The defense argued that the director should be sentenced in absentia to time served and that a special prosecutor should investigate what they say was judicial misconduct in his case.
They also said that Polanski has mounting debts and no way to earn a living while in custody.
Polanski is under house arrest in Switzerland.