Saturday, August 20, 2011

Certains (ou peut-être la totalité) des accusations contre DSK pouvaient être supprimées... dès que lundi

Some (or perhaps all) of the charges against DSK could be dropped...as soon as Monday.

DSK is Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund and who also seemed in line to challenge for France's presidency next year.

For the past four months, he has faced multiple charges after a New York hotel maid said he sexually assaulted her. But with the case against him weakening because of the credibility of the accuser, there was much speculation that he would never face his accuser in court.

The Associated Press is now reporting that prosecutors could drop some or all of the charges as early as Monday.
The lawyer for the woman who accused former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault said Saturday that he believes prosecutors plan to dismiss some or all of the charges.
Attorney Kenneth Thompson told The New York Times that he got a letter from an assistant district attorney offering to meet with his client Monday, the day before Strauss-Kahn's next scheduled court appearance.
The New York Times examines how the case against Mr. Strauss-Kahn went from high profile to low results.

Earlier this week, France 24 was among many news organizations that examined the most recent scuffle between the attorneys, who argued over whether her medical records offered hints as to whether an assault took place.
Attorneys for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, told French newspaper L'Express that the medical report by doctors who examined her after the alleged incident found injuries consistent with assault and rape.
But William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman, the lawyers for Strauss-Kahn, attacked those assertions, saying the physical condition of Diallo could easily have shown she had recently engaged in consensual sex, even before the alleged attack.
The "use of the medical reports to confirm or bolster the charges against Mr Strauss-Kahn is misleading and deceitful," they said in a statement.
"The medical reports confirm that the complainant did not have any injury caused by a forcible encounter. The physical descriptions of the complainant in the medical reports are not injuries at all, and are a common condition consistent with many possible causes other than a sexual assault, including consensual sexual activity days before the incident."
If the case against Mr. Strauss-Kahn is indeed dismissed, then the inevitable discussion about a rush to judgment will be heard. And there will be ample evidence -- including various media reports -- that the court of public opinion had found him guilty long before any legal maneuvers had taken place.

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