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    Strauss-Kahn and credibility problems

    Strauss-Kahn and credibility problems

    Dominick Strauss-Kahn was released today on his own personal recognizance, as detailed in The NY Times:

    In a letter sent to Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers and filed with Justice Michael J. Obus on Friday, prosecutors outlined some of what they had discovered about Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, poking holes in her account and her background.

    The housekeeper admitted to prosecutors that she lied about what happened after the episode on the 28th floor of the hotel. She had initially said that after being attacked, she had waited in a hallway until Mr. Strauss-Kahn left the room; she now admits that after the episode, she cleaned a nearby room, then returned to Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s suite to clean there. Only after that did she report to her supervisor that she had been attacked.

    Prosecutors disclosed that the woman had admitted lying in her application for asylum from Guinea; according to the letter, she “fabricated the statement with the assistance of a male who provided her with a cassette recording” that she memorized. She also said that her claim that she had been the victim of a gang rape in Guinea was also a lie.

    The DA’s letter is here, and the letter details, among other things, that the alleged victim lied to the Grand Jury in this case about portions of her story.

    The letter does not go into some details that have been reported in the NY Times story, such as her discussing with someone incarcerated the benefits of pursuing the charges and receipt of substantial funds from drug dealers.

    So where does this leave us?  An alleged victim who lied in the past about being raped (and when she told the false story to prosecutors she “cried and appeared to be markedly distraut”), filed multiple false documents under oath with the government, lied under oath to the grand jury about this case, lied to prosecutors repeatedly during the investigation, may be involved in drug trafficking, and arguably is pursuing the charges for reasons unrelated to the alleged crime.

    The letter was a mandatory disclosure of information which may tend to exonerate the defendant, and the Manhattan DA was fulfilling a legal duty by turning over the information.   The lettter does not purport to catalog all of the information, but summarizes the information. 

    The case is not dismissed yet, and it still is possible for the DA to pursue the charges.  But that seems unlikely to me.  It is one thing to have an alleged victim with past problems, it is another thing to have an alleged victim who lied to the Grand Jury in this case about this incident and lied to prosecutors both about her past and the incident.

    I’ve never been a prosecutor and claim no expertise in prosecutorial ethics, so I’ll just give you my belief, for what it’s worth. 

    Criminal trials should not be crapshoots where the DA throws evidence into the courtroom and sees where it lands.  A responsible prosecutor has to exercise discretion and not bring charges if the DA feels that there is not enough credible evidence to support a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt.  Who is the better actor or actress on the witness stand should not determine the outcome.

    Based on this letter, it’s hard to see how the case moves much further.

    Update:  A reader posted a video link in a prior post regarding a press conference by the alleged victim’s attorney, in which graphic details were revealed.  All of those details would have been known to the DA’s office, yet the office is troubled enough to take these steps.  Take the lawyer’s statements with a grain of salt, including allegations that the DA’s office screamed at the alleged victim and her daughter and kicked them out of the DA’s office.


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    Carol Herman | July 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

    What makes this story so sad is that going after the witness with tax returns, you can figure out one thing. She didn’t sit down and do her own returns. But probably went to a tax service like H & R Block. The money was already paid! The IRS takes workers money by deductions of each pay check.

    At H & R Block, they’re aiming to get back tax refunds for clients. And, so, a client is asked to provide deductions. The categories are given out. And, this maid isn’t the only one who learned she need to report a minor. To qualify for getting some of her own money back.

    This doesn’t mean she wasn’t attacked by the naked man in the room, he was supposed to have exited by “check out.” Actually, the guy never checks out.

    Then, after this woman is attacked by the “naked guy” … he rips at her panty hose. He lusts and lunges at her breasts. He throws her on the bed. And, when she runs to the bathroom … he follows her there. And, forces her head down on his erect penis.

    Now, we are told this story has had holes punched in it, because the woman, with the help of a tax preparer, went for a deduction she didn’t deserve.

    Do you know what’s wrong with this level of attack against a witness?

    My mom came to America in 1913. She was 8. Her sister was 6. And, her brother, 10. She didn’t speak a word of English. But immediately went to public school.

    There are plenty of immigrant families like this. Where the kids learn to speak English. While the parents at home only speak the “old” language. Foreign ones.

    The parents also have a terrible fear of the police. Because that’s the way it is in foreign countries.

    So, my mom told me that she got lost. By walking a block out of her way. When suddenly she had no idea how to get home. A policeman found her crying. She spoke English by then. And, he took her to the pricinct. Where every effort was made to find her parents. (Parents who wouldn’t go to the police. But were worried their child was kidnapped. And, had “disappeared.”)

    When the police arrived and told the dad to come to the police station … he went meekly. He identified his daughter who was so glad to see him.

    But once at home my mom got beaten by her parents. Because they didn’t understand English. They only knew the police pick you up if you get into trouble. The police are to be avoided at all costs.

    My mother couldn’t explain that in America the police were okay.

    That’s why, when I read The Godfather, by Mario Puzo. Back in 1971 … “before the movie” … But it was really a best seller. I couldn’t understand how people would admire this book!

    Right in the beginning, the Godfather is in his office. It is his daughter’s wedding day. And, it is the one day when anyone (Italian, of course), could come in and make a request of the Godfather. And, he would grant it.

    The decent man came in to report his daughter’s rape. He wanted revenge. That’s when I shut the book, and tossed it across the floor! You couldn’t tell me a decent man wouldn’t go to the police! It was the mafia contacts that were supposed to be feared.

    Well, it seems, rapes do produce strong feelings for revenge. It should have been safe to report a rape to the police. But, here, obviously, it is not!

    Here, in America, when a victim reports a rape, all she can be sure of is that her tax returns will go under the microscope.

    Not the fact that the IRS gets its money, first.

    (You know, “getting deductions” is one of the reasons gays want “marriage.” Which is nothing more than a column where you can deduct “costs” to lower your tax burden.)

    Romance? You wanted romance! Fuck it.

    Going to the police to report a crime is now so stupid … what would the best advice be? Go to bed. Get some medicine. Cry a lot. But don’t go to the police! If your perp has political connections you’ll pay a very heavy price.

    Here? The woman’s character has been assailed.

    What’s sucking on a penis compared to this?

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    PC at it’s best.

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