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Your morning Strauss-Kahn news

The NY Post, which whatever else it is has good sources in NYC, is reporting that the charges will be dropped against Dominique Strauss-Kahn within the next couple of weeks:

Prosecutors will agree to drop the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn — either on his next court date in two weeks or even sooner, according to a top investigator in the case who called the eventual dismissal “a certainty.”

“We all know this case is not sustainable,” the source told The Post exclusively yesterday.

“Her credibility is so bad now, we know we cannot sustain a case with her,” the source said, referring to the Guinean hotel maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her in his plush Midtown hotel suite — shocking charges that got the international banker bounced as head of the IMF and also derailed, at least for now, his bid to become president of France.

“She is not to be believed in anything that comes out of her mouth — which is a shame, because now we may never know what happened in that hotel room,” said the source, who is at the center of the investigation and would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

“Did [Strauss-Kahn] use force? Was there actually a crime? I don’t think we’ll ever know.”

In what may be a sign that a new meme is being developed in the press, along the lines of what I have written about the handling of the case, The Post further reports:

Only eight days ago did the maid’s story fall apart, according to two top investigators on the case, and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. made what they termed the courageous decision to inform the defense and agree to release Strauss-Kahn without bail.

Officials realized that for six weeks, ever since the May 14 incident, she had bamboozled some of the best minds in the storied Manhattan DA’s Office, including a trio of seasoned top investigators with a combined 75 years in the business — Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, Ann Prunty and Chief DA Investigator Rob Mooney.

Vance “put his very best, most intelligent people on this — and eventually, we found the truth,” said one top investigator.

Update: Hmmm…. the accuser has sued the NY Post for reporting that she was a prostitute.


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Yesterday in an amusing “tell” of its prejudices the WaPo ran an article in the style section about French reaction to the case in which the author observed that the French regarded the revelations in the NYP as credible as reports in the NYT. HEH Some people never grow and learn.

Will we finally get a woman charged, prosecuted and jailed for falsely accusing a man of sexual assault? She should get the same sentence for lying about being a victim that he would have gotten had the charges been true.

Another New York paper reported that the DAs office paid for her room in a nice hotel, away from reporters. While there, she had a string of male visitors, none of whom stayed very long. They implied she was turning tricks in a room the DA paid for. How long did it take the DAs office to figure out her lack of credibility?

One thing I wonder about: assuming the maid made false accusations, what did she hope to gain from that?

The comment was:

“..because now we may never know what happened in that hotel room”

“Filing a false report” is not the same thing as filing a true report but being an unreliable victim and witness.

Those who claim this development exonerates DSK confuse the issue of proving guilt with saying “it never happened”. Not really the same. The sun came up that day, something happened in that hotel room, and the sun set that day. That’s history. Because whatever happened involved an unreliable individual now seems to be DSK’s good fortune, nothing more.

Carol Herman | July 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

I see. The rape victim wasn’t worthy.

Not that the DA’s office isn’t being skunked by insiders, who can tamper with evidence. And, who turned off ALL French cooperation with Ms. Banon’s claim that her godfather tried to rape her, back in February 2003.

It’s also a shame that a rape victim has to make sure their IRS 1040 has no deductions taken. And, an illiterate woman is going to “face the music” because her written appliations are bogus. And, have to do with asylum.

Now, Ms. Banon will move forward with her complaint (which is within French time limits in reporting rape) … And, the women in France will decide if they’d vote for Dominique for President. Or not.

Why didn’t the DA just build a case on the physical evidence? Seems to me there’s a pathway through DNA. And, photographs of the crime scene that should have stood up to scrutiny. The case is about an event. A crime. That took place in under ten minutes time.

Yes. With plenty of political pressures on Cyrus Vance’s head. He’s not going to come out of this smelling very competent.

And, perhaps? Well, under Morganthau, who was DA for 35 years … Cyrus Vance came in and shattered the place up real good. The Friel lady lawyer, who was charged with keeping DNA evidence and explaining it in court, had the case of the cops blow up in her face. The jury said the cops didn’t rape the woman, who was so drunk at the time when she had sex with, she said, the cops … It became impossible to prove.

Which could mean? It could me the cops, in revenge, stomped all over the maid’s reputation. It was “CAN DO.” They set the stage where the maid was supposed to get protected.

There’s also this “translated” tape. STOP RIGHT THERE! No translator can give you the “emotional meaning of the words being translated!” But you could translate this into a hit piece!

No wonder the French didn’t want to cooperate with the Manhattan DA!

Straus-Kahn is not home free! I don’t even think he wants to go back to Paris! And, I don’t think we’ve heard from all the women, who will step forward, and talk about the sexual violence that received … that Dominique dished out.

Of course, it will be in french. Somehow, we’ll hear transations … and we’ll hear the original french.

Keep in mind the Guinea maid is illiterate.

Carol Herman | July 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

While I’m sure the case against the maid heats up.

Maybe, we just have to wait for the book? Wouldn’t “a Hemingway” check into the Sofitel? Wouldn’t “a Hemingway’s” publisher pay for the stay?

Following JFK’s assassination, where a Chief Justice of the United States stepped down to do a “report,” we learned to laugh at what gets delivered in lieu of a serious investigation, no?

Plus, of course, the French are going to look into charges that Dominique Straus-Kahn has an odd entitlement approach to sex. Where he seems to have a history of violence going for him? No?

What will Cyrus Vance do with the information he’s collected? The maid, of course, loses her “protective custody status” immediately. Won’t the National Enquirer now pursue her?

Doubt that this story just goes away, quietly.

Or that someone won’t measure out the hotel room. And, develop a crime scene picture,ya know?

Juba Doobai! | July 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The more I hear, the more questions I have. Did the maid fake the injuries? If the DA’s office was monitoring her calls (or was it just the calls allegedly made to the prison?), how come they didn’t know she had a stream of men coming in? Who are these men? Are they johns or is there another connection? Why did DSK want to pay her family to make the case go away? How much was he willing to pay them? Was he successful? Did the DA’s office find what was there or what was planted there?

What about DSK’s history of aggressions against women? How does that stack up to the maid’s lies? If she’s lying and he has a history of sexual abuse of women, who does the DA believe, and why? Is the Banon charge being taken into consideration as the DA decides to exonerate DSK? Should it?

That she’s a liar and a hooker and out to make money off of DSK, does that negate the rape kit evidence? Is the RKE still valid?

If the case were stripped [sorry] of its sexual/gender component, say it were a jewel theft with the same victim/suspect combination, absent catching DSK with the loot the DA’s office would have the same victim/witness problem. Unreliable, not unworthy. Who to believe? Its a he said, she said case. Which one would a jury more likely believe? It still might be a righteous but unwinnable case. Most DA’s would go slow. No matter how badly one might feel for the victim and her loss. And however the French feel about it is irrelevant.

Carol Herman | July 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Jolly day for prosecutors. The jurors in the Casey Anthony case (who were sequestored since mid-May) came out saying NO MURDER TOOK PLACE!

But, yes, assassinations done by the media … with hot tips … can often turn out to have “tips” are that just plain untrue!

You bet, the maid’s story first checked out to the management of the Sofitel. Who say, today, that they’ve looked into the “whoring” charges and they are categorically untrue.

How does a DA lose a case? On purpose. Either Dominique really hired great defense lawyers … or he gamed the system.

You can always game the system if you have enough rope. And, people who come along thinking they’re gonna have a “swinging good time.”

Carol Herman | July 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Cyrus Vance also changed the structure his predecessor left in place. Morganthau rana tight ship for 35 years. In 2009, Vance won. Because he had political connections to throw his hat into the ring. And, he’s turned the DA’s office into a snake pit of chaos.

Friel. The female DA. Botched the DNA evidence against the cops who were charged with raping a drunken woman. Their jurors came back and found the cops NOT GUILTY.

In a snakepit there are plenty of people with axes to grind. And, access to journalists. So they slipped a few journalists hot tips.

Maids aren’t prostitutes. There’s a difference from using a mattress so you can lay on your back. And, having a job where you have to turn them. While making beds.

What surprises me most? A lawyer who is tasked with teaching the law, no less, can’t wrap his head around much except well … there could be a civil case …

HORSE SHIT. DSK will go to Paris. Unless, over there Ms. Banon’s claims stick to DSK … where it seems more people know about his vulgar reputation than not.

Relax. You don’t speak french. The journalists will keep accusing the maid. Because it sells papers. And, journalists ply their trade in the gutter.

homas tardy | July 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm

God’s law: Both are guilty for being either defiant low-life or pretend high-brow low-life that used and then abused the other through possibly rougher than agreed upon play and resulting shake-down.

American law: She must’ve hooked for a john and so the two of them should be arrested. Are we to believe a prostitute, according to the DA’s evbidence, gave it away for free?

Naturally, he’s a French hero now destined for the Presidency and she a frenched zero. Neither of these characters is sympathetic or a convincing victim.

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homas tardy | July 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

“evbidenence”: n. Biden’s ever standing by Obama (just in case something happens to make Joe President)

How many know about the Cyrus Vance Jr/Nicholas Sarkozy connection?

Nicholas Sarkozy has a younger half-brother (same father, different mother) named Oliver who lives in NYC and who Forbes in 2007 characterized as a bigtime deal maker:

Oliver Sarkozy’s stepfather is Frank G Wisner II son of legendary CIA operative Frank G Wisner (Both in Wikipedia)

Wisner Jr, was Deputy Executive Secretary of State under Cyrus Vance Sr. He is currently, according to Wipedia, good friends with Hosni Mubarrak and working for Obama on the Egyptian mess.

I suppose it could all just be coincidence.

Except that 1) There are way too many of these coincidences and a new one comes out every day 2) I am not a big believer in coincidence in things like this.

At this point I don’t know what, if anything untoward, happened to the maid. I do know that this case gets stinkier and stinkier every day that goes by. I think that, as serious as rape is, something much more serious is going on here.

I still want to know about Obama’s connections in Chicago to Chicago lawyer and now IMF head Christine LaGarde. I suspect that many of us will find them unsavory if and when they come out.

THAT is the real story here.

John Henry

BTW: I really need to give a shoutout to John C Dvorak and Adam Curry of the No Agenda Podcast.

They were the ones who said 2-3 days after DSKs arrest that this was to get Chicago lawyer Lagarde into the IMF. They were the ones who tipped me that LaGarde even was a Chicago lawyer for most of her working career.

They were the ones who tipped me to the Vance-Sarkozy connection. It sounded rather incredible so I did some checking. Absolutely true.

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