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July 1, 2011 1:26 pm

Strauss-Kahn Case Collapsing

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The cameras and reporters assembled opposite 153 Franklin Street, New York, the apartment of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Photo: Patsw.

“She made outcries to multiple witnesses immediately after the incident… was given a full sexual assault forensic examination… that exam corroborate(s) her accounts.”

Or, was she a well-schooled plant? What has happened to the complainant’s “compelling and unwavering” story?”

Six weeks after the accusation, after time spent in solitary confinement in a jail cell, posting six million dollars in bail bond, and over a month under -albeit luxurious – round the clock, guarded house arrest, the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, according to the New York Times appears  “on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper.”

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What has caused the change in Assistant DA Arti McConnell’s (the prosecution) stance regarding the purported incident of May 14? Questions regarding the credibility of the accuser were raised by defense lawyers Brafman and Taylor since the beginning of the case.  Still, the accusation and subsequent indictment caused the resignation of the powerful chief of the IMF, and discredited the would-be socialist candidate for President of France?

“The preliminary indications are that forensic evidence that supports the victim’s version of events may be found.” In this application, “may” is a very big and ever growing word.

On May 25, defense team leaders Benjamin Brafman and William Taylor addressed a letter to the District Attorney’s office admonishing that “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.”

And, media frenzy there was. The Algemeiner joined representatives of the domestic and international media on a rainy Sunday awaiting the notorious “perp walk” of the accused Strauss Kahn. It was his legal team that briefly appeared, and was deluged by the throng of cameras and microphones. Even at that early point in the investigation, attorney Ben Brafman promised vindication.

Those protesting the innocence of DSK have, from the first reports, suggested several alternate scenarios to “attack;” one – the possibility of “mistaken identity” – was DSK, in fact, awaiting a visitor – for whom the housekeeper was mistaken? was the incident a “set-up” by Strauss-Kahn’s political and/or personal enemies? Were those unwilling to contemplate even the possibility that France might elect a Jew as the country’s President able to involve the “simple housekeeper” as “part of some sinister plot to bring down Dominique Strauss-Kahn.” (From the statement of her attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, on June 6.)

There is physical evidence of a sexual encounter – but under what circumstances that encounter occurred remains unknown. “Prosecutors now do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself” says the DA’s office. “The accuser has repeatedly lied.” She has been found to have possible links with criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.

This report will be published Friday morning.  When the parties return to State Supreme Court later in the day, the position of Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have changed dramatically. Sources indicate that Manhattan district attorney prosecutors will state that they “have problems with the case.” An outright dismissal of the felony charges against Dominique Strauss Kahn appears possible.

Was there ever an attack? She still says “yes.”  He still says “no.”

Following the supposed incident, DSK had lunch with his daughter, returned to his hotel, and then made his way to Kennedy Airport where he boarded an Air France flight. Trying to locate a lost cell phone, he freely provided his location – information given to Port Authority Police who removed him from the plane and led to his eventual arrest.  Were his the activities of someone who had “attacked” another person an hour or two earlier?

It has been reported that the accuser participated in a recorded conversation with “an incarcerated man” during which she “discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against Kahn.” The same man is charged with possession of 400 pounds of marijuana; he and others had deposited around $100,000 into the housekeeper’s bank accounts in four states.

Truth is simple and singular; deception often is convoluted. The accuser has told different stories to different people at different times. Simply put, it appears she may not be truthful. Further, that it is the prosecutor’s investigators, and not the defenses sources, who have called the accuser’s veracity into question is a powerful statement.

France awoke to news of the possibility of the collapse of the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a development that may once again dramatically change the political calculus. What role could a vindicated DSK take? Even if charges against him are dropped, Strauss-Kahn is not likely to attempt a presidential run. Former Socialist Culture Minister Jack Lang, says Strauss-Kahn could return to France “in time to play a pivotal role in the upcoming presidential elections….He could still play a major role in France, without being candidate. This would give an extra chance for victory,” and, if vindicated, “could even be appointed a minister again under a Socialist president.”

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