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August 22, 2011

NYC prosecutors now seeking to dismiss rape charges against DSK

This new AP story, headlined "Prosecutors seek to dismiss Strauss-Kahn charges," provides the latest notable twist on a high-profile (and now soon to be over) state criminal prosecution.  Here is how the story starts:

New York City prosecutors filed court papers Monday recommending dismissal of sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused of attacking a hotel maid in May in a globally sensational case that eventually dissolved amid questions about the woman's credibility.

The accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, and her attorney, Kenneth Thompson, met briefly with representatives of the Manhattan district attorney's office to discuss the decision not to proceed with the prosecution. Thompson didn't say what had happened inside or reveal what his client was told, but he recited a short statement condemning prosecutors for their handling of the case.

"Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has denied the right of a woman to get justice in a rape case," he said.  "He has not only turned his back on this innocent victim.  But he has also turned his back on the forensic, medical and other physical evidence in this case."

A person familiar with the case earlier told The Associated Press that prosecutors had concerns about Diallo's credibility and insufficient evidence of forced sexual encounter. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity.  Diallo is also suing Strauss-Kahn, seeking to make him pay financially if not with his freedom, a move that the diplomat's lawyers said also eroded her credibility.

Prosecutors filed paperwork with the court Monday recommending that the charges be dismissed.  The document was not immediately made available to the public, so the district attorney's reasons for asking for the dismissal were not known.

Strauss-Kahn is scheduled to go before a judge Tuesday.  His lawyers, William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman, issued a statement saying that he and his family were grateful for the decision.

Among other lessons, this case now becomes a significant example of how merely an arrest and a criminal charge can have profound social and personal consequences, especially in high-profile settings involving high-profile people.

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'this case now becomes a significant example of how merely an arrest and a criminal charge can have profound social and personal consequences,especially in high-profile settings involving high-profile people.'

How true, easily happens more regularly to 'regular folks' too.

Posted by: visitor 1 | Aug 22, 2011 7:17:21 PM

The feminist biased prosecutors and their male running dogs should apologize and pay all legal costs from their personal assets, not from taxpayer funds. To deter.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 23, 2011 1:41:12 PM

Just so, SC. When a woman goes to the cops with a complaint about rape, and the alleged rapist is about to jet out of the country, I suggest the cops (and the prosecutor) do nothing. This is the only way I can think of to insure that there is never a fautly rape charge brought.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Aug 24, 2011 1:10:54 PM

Bill:

BSK needed to be detained, if only to answer questions.

This did NOT justify LEs and DAs love of the "perp-walk" which followed, which MikeinCt says was absolutely necessary to know whether or not his neighbor was a rapist.

If you need the exact post, I can find it.

Posted by: albeed | Aug 24, 2011 10:07:59 PM

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