Strauss-Kahn Prosecution Said to Be Near Collapse

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.

I have to say, speaking as a former prosecutor, I find the Manhattan DA’s decision to tank this prosecution as showing a certain (how shall one say?) lack of balls. Their complainant has some skeletons in her closet; Cy Vance is shocked, shocked to find an African immigrant knows some unsavory people and may have lied on her asylum papers. Therefore, she’s making the whole story up? I don’t follow the logic there.

Not to get into a whole Brooklyn-Manhattan dick-swinging thing here, but as a prosecutor in Brooklyn my complainants always had issues, many far worse than those of the complainant in the DSK prosecution. In Brooklyn we just rolled with it. Juries understand no one’s perfect. Anyone can win a case when the complainant is Mother Teresa. But sometimes, and quite frequently in my experience, bad things happen to bad people, too. And that’s still a crime, folks!

I’m not aware of any evidence in the Strauss-Kahn debacle to suggest that the complainant made up her story about the assault. If she did, then the DA must pull the plug. Otherwise tough it out, Cy. And welcome to New York City.

I can’t help but think what Leslie Crocker Snyder would have done under these facts.

The full story appears in the Times here.


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