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    How do you say “Duke Lacrosse” in French? “Dominique Strauss-Kahn”

    How do you say “Duke Lacrosse” in French? “Dominique Strauss-Kahn”

    If you noticed, when Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested for the alleged sexual assault on a maid at a hotel in New York, I didn’t join in, almost alone in the blogosphere.

    Something didn’t seem right. The story was too neat, and too couched in political correctness. It was the same feeling I got when the accusation was made against the Duke Lacrosse players. White privilege, an immigrant victim, a not very sympathetic rich guy … it fit a made-for-media narrative.

    Call it instinct, or plain dumb luck, but it now looks like the criminal case against Strauss-Kahn is falling apart, as reported by The New York Times:

    The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.

    Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.

    Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials said.

    AP confirms the problems through its own sources:

    The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss matters not yet made public in court, told The Associated Press that prosecutors have raised issues about the accuser’s credibility in the case against Strauss-Kahn, but would not elaborate on what those issues were.

    A separate law enforcement official who is familiar with the case, but not authorized to speak about it publicly, told the AP that the issue was not necessarily about the rape accusation itself, but about troubling questions surrounding the alleged victim’s background that could damage her credibility on the witness stand. The official refused to elaborate.

    Was there a sexual assault? That’s an open question now, but we shut our minds to the possibility of innocence before.

    While I was silent about Strauss-Kahn, I also did not express my skepticism on the blog. Call it a learning lesson.

    Update 7-1-2011:  Strauss-Kahn was released today on his own personal recognizance.   More discussion to be added in a new post here.


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    Voyager | July 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Mark Styen was also a touch skeptical of the rush to condemn. There is enough politics at play in this case, that I’m afraid that any truth of the matter is going to get over-written.

    Viator | July 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    “DSK is out on OR. New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has in his wisdom; Released Domique Strass-Kahn on his Own Recognizance! In a most compelling Press Conference by the victim’s attorney Ken Thompson…it almost brought tears to our eyes. Hearing of a woman from Africa, brutally raped by soldiers and by great luck able to escape that country with her baby daughter. (True or Not true?) A woman then brutally raped in this country by the head of the IMF and then thrown to the wolves by the NYC DA Cyrus Vance Jr. A woman threatened about her immigration and tax status in this country by the DA’s office. The NY DA’s Office having their third in command married to one of the attorney’s for DSK.

    Thompson, the victim’s attorney will be attacked for attempting to “try the case in the press”, as an unprecedented desparate attempt to save a failing case. Our thought is: If in fact the NYC DA’s Office and the Judge are dirty….what would you have the Defense Attorney do – other than come clean in public?

    This case involves International Politics, Paid off Public Officials on both sides of the big pond, and Jaded Justice! The victim is being characterized as a liar and just trying to make a buck on a unlucky meeting. The victim has supposedly lied on her tax return, told some drug dealer that she will be making money on the deal. The DA’s Office has also brow beaten the victim according to Thompson, the victim’s attorney – over a three day period including abusive language and attitudes. In any event, DSK is out. Out, because of the Judge? Out, because of the DA’s Office? Out, because of the what counter evidence?”

    Orange Juice

    Viator | July 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Kenneth Thompson Press Conference (full)

    You Tube

    Carol Herman | July 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    You know the case is really simple.

    Strauss-Kahn knew the checkout rules. He knew the maid would come in and clean the room up so it could be rented out to the next customer. He got naked. He hid. She knocked. There was no answer. When she swiped her electronic key and entered. THE DOOR WAS LEFT OPEN!

    But the naked DSK slammed the door shut.

    He thought he’d could do his rough sex routine. And, the maid would be scared shit-less. You know? Maybe she actually shit on the bed? She had DNA proof and everything needed to prove she had been raped.

    She also knew she was an illegal. And, if charges got pressed she’d be sent back to her “homeland.” Which is proving to be true. Because, somehow, in the grand jury room she was asked about her citizenship status.


    Gotcha journalism at work.

    While most people know a first class hotel doesn’t hire folk who try to sell drugs to their clientele. Or who steal “stuff” that’s left in any room! Just the thought of losing this job … terrifies those who break their backs lifting mattresses.

    The real rape of American taxpayers will continue!

    That’s also not reported in the press. Who are too interested in “halping” their sources.

    Even on slow news weekends. Maybe, particularly on slow news weekends? Otherwise? My gosh, DSK would have had to wait for another 9/11.

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