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Originally posted by Maxmars
The man's elite status is the predominately complicating factor here. Otherwise we wouldn't even be discussing this, as there are hundreds of rape allegations pending in the courts right now... and the public seems generally disinclined to debate them.
Perhaps we should trust the justice system (pause for laughter) to determine the actual events.... or will this boil down to a 'settlement' or 'plea bargain?"
Personally, I suspect "political expedience" will factor greatly in the outcome of this case.
Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief, are concerned leaks could hurt his right to a fair trial and say they have information that could "gravely undermine the credibility" of the hotel maid who has accused him of trying to rape her.
In a letter to Manhattan prosecutors, William Taylor and Ben Brafman complained about New York police leaking information about the case to the media. They said they did not blame prosecutors for the leaks.
"Indeed, were we intent on improperly feeding the media frenzy, we could now release substantial information that, in our view, would seriously undermine the quality of this prosecution and also gravely undermine the credibility of the complainant in this case," the lawyers wrote.www.nationalpost.com...
Originally posted by Reaching
Aren't you supposed to innocent until proven guilty in America?
If it turns out that there is no case against him, look at what they have done to this man's life. It's just wrong.
Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by Bob Sholtz
I was expecting something, perhaps now that his position is filled, and his opportunity
to oppose is off the table, they decide to cut him loose.
They could put him away if they wanted.
Considering his activites, I am actually suprised he may be freed.
At the inaugural meeting of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, co-founded by George Soros, held at King's College in Cambridge, England where John Maynard Keynes used to reign, Dominique Strauss-Kahn spoke as one of the keynote speakers. As his remarks began, anti-IMF protesters had broken into the hall and hung a banner over the stage in front of two hundred or so surprised economic thinkers and writers. I was in the second row and snapped the picture at the side which I quickly fed to Arianna Huffington who in turn had it up as the lead on Huffington Post in about three minutes.
What followed was magnificent. Strauss-Kahn showed no fear at all of these protesters whom he engaged in discussion. He asked them to make clear their concerns -- to use his stage to articulate their core fears and demands and make this time that they had taken count. Unfortunately, the folks hanging the banner were not those most intellectually in tune with the protest and they ran off after he asked them to speak. I had communication with the protest leaders later and have no doubt that they would have done well in responding to Strauss-Kahn, but the key then is that he actually did think they should be heard and that the elite who had assembled in Keynes' former halls should not forget the voices of those worried about the impact of global economic policy making. It was a powerful moment, deftly managed by Strauss-Kahn.
Strauss-Kahn's latest IMF patient has been Greece, helping it to work through its debt nightmares. Virtually everyone gives the IMF Director high marks for his ability to keep in mind human faces when sorting through and dealing with the tough disciplines wrought by globalization. www.thewashingtonnote.com...
edit on 30-6-2011 by burntheships because: (no reason given)
The victim's lawyer is now claiming that she is going to wave her anonymity and speak out publicly about her ordeal.
Some very graphic accounts being relayed by the maid's lawyer but essentially he is saying that it was the maid who came forward with the admission that there were "problems" with her asylum bid.
16.49pm BST / 11.49am EST: (UPDATED) Lawyers are now speaking outside the courthouse. This is very unusual that they are doing this in front of the crowds and television cameras rather than in a courtroom. www.telegraph.co.uk...
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
Credability of the accuser counts for NOTHING when the powers that be want you silenced and out of the picture.
... just ask Julian Assange.
Originally posted by TWILITE22
After this kind of scenario is played and replayed over and over it becomes apparent it's a risk you take when you go against the criminals you work for.
Originally posted by Violater1
Any time TPTB want you out, it's usually, for rape or child porn found on your computer.
I'm curious on how they would handle Hilary Clintstone if she screwed up.
As far as Strauss-Kahn being released, he probably will, only to die in an aircraft accident, with a bullet wound to the right side of his head (with a pistol in his left hand), and the official cause of death will be listed as a heart attack.
During a hearing on Monday in Criminal Court in Manhattan, a lawyer for Mr. Strauss-Kahn, Benjamin Brafman, told a judge he believed the “forensic evidence” was “not consistent with forcible encounter.” www.nytimes.com...
Strauss-Kahn's lawyers said they needed six weeks to assess evidence collected by the US authorities. DNA matching Strauss-Kahn's has reportedly been found in semen on the maid's clothing and on carpet from his hotel room. Experts say the defence will probably argue that any sexual contact was consensual.www.guardian.co.uk...
The Post reported that Strauss-Kahn attempted to lure two attractive hotel employees to his $3,000-a-night hotel suite -- and later put the moves on an Air France flight attendant following his alleged sexual assault on a maid.
"What a nice a**!" he barked to the attendant, using the lewd French expression "Quel beau cul!" as she prepared the business-class cabin for takeoff last Saturday.
His catcall came just moments before Port Authority detectives hauled him off the plane, the French magazine Le Point reported.
Read more: www.nypost.com...