Senior prosecutors met with lawyers for Mr. Strauss-Kahn on Thursday and provided details about their findings, and the parties are discussing whether to dismiss the felony charges. Among the discoveries, one of the officials said, are issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers will return to State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Friday morning, when Justice Michael J. Obus is expected to consider easing the extraordinary bail conditions that he imposed on Mr. Strauss-Kahn in the days after he was charged.
Indeed, Mr. Strauss-Kahn could be released on his own recognizance, and freed from house arrest, reflecting the likelihood that the serious criminal charges against him will not be sustained. The district attorney’s office may try to require Mr. Strauss-Kahn to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, but his lawyers are likely to contest such a move.Meanwhile, Business Insider is asking a provocative question -- did someone set up Mr. Strauss-Kahn? The report suggests:
Before he was arrested in New York, Strauss-Kahn himself suggested that his biggest weakness as a presidential candidate was his fondness for women. Specifically, he suggested, someone might be able to set him up.
So did someone set him up?
Could this be the biggest political scandal in history?
ORIGINAL POST: Is Dominique Strauss-Kahn about to be a free man?
The legal case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund could be on the verge of falling apart. The New York Times sent the following news alert at 9:20 p.m. EDT (June 30):
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 she was attacked by the French politician 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 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.