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May 20, 2011

DSK formally indicted, though gets bail with lots of conditions

The latest notable news about the highest-profile NY sex offense come via this MSNBC article, which includes these details:

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused of a sex attack on a New York City hotel maid, was awaiting release from jail Friday morning after having been granted bail on Thursday.

After Strauss-Kahn spent nearly a week in police custody and then jail, the judge agreed to free him on $1 million cash bail plus an additional $5 million bond — provided he's confined to a New York apartment.  He will be subject to electronic monitoring and under the watch of an armed guard, a prosecutor said....

Strauss-Kahn wasn't immediately released from the city's bleak Rikers Island jail, where he had been kept in protective custody and on a suicide watch.  But his lawyers expect he'll get out Friday, after he posts the bond and authorities review the security arrangements involved in his house arrest....

Lawyers arguing whether the ex-IMF chief would be released from jail pending a trial have used two famous examples from different sides of the spectrum to make their case — Roman Polanski and Bernard Madoff.  Prosecutors brought up Polanski, the French filmmaker whom U.S. authorities pursued for decades after he jumped bail in a 1977 child-sex case.  Defense lawyers, meanwhile, have mentioned Bernard Madoff, the financier who was freed on high bail and strict house arrest, the same conditions that a judge approved Thursday in a bail package for Strauss-Kahn....

"The proof against him is substantial. It is continuing to grow every day as the investigation continues," Manhattan assistant district attorney John "Artie" McConnell told the judge Thursday as prosecutors announced that Strauss-Kahn had been indicted on charges including attempted rape and a criminal sex act.  The maid had told a "compelling and unwavering story," McConnell said.

The indictment, a crucial procedural step in a felony case, marked a grand jury's "determination that the evidence supports the commission of non-consensual, forced sexual acts," District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said. Strauss-Kahn, whose lawyers have suggested evidence won't support a forcible encounter, is due back in court June 6.

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It’s hard to find a legitimate reason for the government’s opposition of bail in this case.

He surrendered his passport, he waived extradition, he’s being electronically monitored, and there’s an armed guard outside of his residence. How, exactly, could he get away?

Posted by: Marc Shepherd | May 20, 2011 2:48:09 PM

I assume DSK has been allowed bail because he is rich enough to pay for an armed guard himself. Talk about 2 different systems of justice in this country. Sheesh.

Posted by: abc | May 20, 2011 2:53:33 PM

Marc --

"How, exactly, could he get away?"

By offering the guard, whose wage he is paying, a quarter million bucks to drive him to Canada at 3 a.m.

If inmates can escape prison, which they do, and can kill other inmates (and staff) while incarcerated, which they also do, DSK can get to the border.

It is unlikely, sure. But unlikely is not the same as impossible.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 20, 2011 3:14:49 PM

what cracks me up is they say he's been BONDED OUT!

according to these conditions what he's been allowed to so since he's RICH is move from a public jail to a PRIVATE ONE!

Posted by: rodsmith | May 20, 2011 7:25:04 PM

The French investned the gotcha and parsing. They should arrest a high American official and put him through a witch trial.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 22, 2011 5:07:59 PM

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