Strauss-Kahn prosecutor failed to do homework

The criminal case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is growing weaker by the day. All indications now are that the Manhattan District Attorney, who almost gleefully announced the salacious sex charges against the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May, is preparing to drop all charges. As noted in this blog on May 30, 2011 many media pundits, including such well-known neo-cons as Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter, were quick not only to declare Strauss-Kahn guilty, but by implication, all rich Frenchmen, especially those working for international organizations.

While I certainly will not hold my breath waiting for those who rashly decreed “DSK” guilty as charged, serious questions should be asked of DA Cyrus Vance, Jr.; whose office apparently was so anxious to pull Strauss-Kahn off an airplane set to take off for his native France, and very publicly send him off to Rikers Island to cool his heels for a few days, that they failed to conduct even the most basic investigation of the alleged victim. Now, based on investigation that should have been undertaken before charges were filed and a man’s reputation severely damaged, it appears the “victim” may not have been a victim at all. Moreover, evidence is now emerging that the hotel maid who claimed to have been violently assaulted by DSK, has a history of lying and engaging in criminal acts herself.

Not having been in the Sofitel hotel suite in which the alleged criminal acts took place at the time of the supposed assault, I am not in a position to declare with even the faintest degree of certainty, what happened. However, being a student of, and practitioner in our legal system, I can say with a high degree of certainty that those who jump to conclusions usually wind up falling on their keesters. Unfortunately, they often wind up hurting other people in the process.

By Bob Barr – The Barr Code

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Producer

July 6th, 2011
7:29 am

This guy goes back to France and is elected president, primarily from of sympathy votes. The woman should also be prosecuted for lying. Sarkozy’s plan to set this guy up didn’t go quite as planned, huh?

Carlosgvv

July 6th, 2011
8:24 am

In this Country, a rich white man was accused of raping a poor black hotel maid and everyone jumped on the politically correct bandwagon and said he must be guilty. Are any of you honestly supprised by this?

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jconservative

July 6th, 2011
8:52 am

“…prosecutor failed to do homework…”

US prosecutors are famous for this.

See Casey Anthony – prosecutor asked for the death penalty in a case in which he could not even prove a felony had taken place.

Sid

July 6th, 2011
9:10 am

“prosecutor asked for the death penalty in a case in which he could not even prove a felony had taken place”

and your point is? Texas actually executed a man for an alleged crime there is (& was at the time) proof never happened & people are actually talking about Perry running for president…

Logical Dude

July 6th, 2011
9:21 am

Bob says: serious questions should be asked of DA Cyrus Vance, Jr.; whose office apparently was so anxious to pull Strauss-Kahn off an airplane set to take off for his native France, and very publicly send him off to Rikers Island

And that is one of the wrongs in this situation. the DA is (likely) one of those power hungry Attorneys who want a BIG FISH to build a career on. He was so happy to get a BIG FISH, that he overlooked basic principles to embarrass and humiliate his prey in public. That is no way to treat anyone who should be presumed innocent.

thewatchdog

July 6th, 2011
9:23 am

The alleged victim’s prior history should not be an issue. Only the facts of the case should be included. I am getting good at this stuff, know the whole line. Also, a professional litigator should be objective at all times. Now, the real “skinny”, someone offered the maid an out of court settlement and everybody is happy. Now, personally speaking, this guy is no “sping chicken”, I doubt he could have done much, particularly with a healthy, robust maid. I am older than this guy and in prime condition, I could.

MrLiberty

July 6th, 2011
9:23 am

Hundreds of excellent books have been written on proposed free market alternatives to the monopolistic failed government run justice system. From the war on drugs to the chronic prosecutorial abuse that is documented almost daily, our system of “justice” is broken beyond repair. Far too many are too financially benefitting to ever expect government to be able to fix the problem. The premise of our legal system based on retribution, combined with a system in which the prosecution, judge, jury, and often defense attorney are all paid by the government is a system that will never achieve justice, especially for the victim or victim’s family. A system based in restitution, run by competitive and private means is desperately needed in this country. The system as it stands is really just another tool of oppression wielded by the out of control government.

Perry Mason

July 6th, 2011
9:24 am

Bob … you weren’t there with Bill and Monica and the cigar either, but you sure jumped to conclusions.

Bob's Rules

July 6th, 2011
9:41 am

Hypocrisy rules! Bob Barr as prosecutor assumed everyone charged was guilty. Now, he’s slamming prosecutors and media for assuming the same thing. Wonderful!

Father Murphy

July 6th, 2011
10:22 am

Bob = Is adultary still a crime?

morris wise

July 6th, 2011
10:44 am

The five cell phone hotel worker with many bankbooks has aroused the sympathy of the third world. They can understand why an illiterate woman can turn to money laundering, drug sales, and prostitution. Authorities fear that by punishing her it will set off riots in the French casbah and other third world market places.

Torts

July 6th, 2011
11:35 am

I remember it was I and I alone who defended the French guy. I claimed that the hotel maid was wearinig a hotel maid’s uniform, and what French man or woman could possibly resist that.

Everyone else condemned the guy. Once again, humor is truth and truth is humor and so on.

pc rules

July 6th, 2011
11:48 am

This is playing out like the Duke lacrosse team case a few years ago.

Wealthy, priveleged white guy(s) allegedly exploits a poor downtrodden black female, ambitious local prosecutor sees an opportunity to score PC points by publicly humiliating the evildoer(s), then the backstory of the “victim” emerges and the case falls apart. Next up in DSK: the cops/prosecutors who jumped the gun will be identified, and because of the potential damage to relations with France heads will likely roll.

Rich Men Buy Their Own Truth

July 6th, 2011
11:52 am

In this Country, a rich white man was accused of raping a poor black hotel maid and everyone CAN’T WAIT to jump on the bandwagon to paint her as a liar, ho, skank, and claim that she either “asked for it” or “knows she wanted it” and therefore he MUST be innocent.

NOTE TO THE LADIES: Unless you’ve spent your entire life in a nunnery, never ventured outside, and have never told a single lie in your whole life ever, for any reason, do not expect justice when a rich white man decides his rights to your body are more important than yours.

Tundra Dude

July 6th, 2011
12:15 pm

Strauss-Kahn prosecutor failed to do homework

What seemed odd to me, the maid should not have gone into a room knowing the occupant was checking out that day. This was not a Motel 6, where maids might just barge in.

Gnarly Erik

July 6th, 2011
12:19 pm

The case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn may be losing steam, but that doesn’t mean he is innocent. There is far, far too much in his background that suggests he is no choir boy. The disclosure that the hotel maid has a history in no way says something did not occur, and in fact has nothing to do with it. My impression is that Strauss-Kahn is a very fortunate man because of this. No one knows whether he is innocent or guilty besides the maid and Strauss-Kahn himself.

dd

July 6th, 2011
12:40 pm

Seems like she did a pretty good job of proving his innocence, with her phone call to the ex-boyfriend. Whoever pointed out the similarity between this and the Duke Lacrosse case hit it on the head.

Now, that said, this guy should get on video a statement of consentuality from all of his future hook-ups. He should know what a target his is.

bob

July 6th, 2011
12:52 pm

The unraveling of this case is due to one question and one question only:

“Can I convince 12 reasonable people, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he did this crime?”

I am still convinced that he may have done the alleged crime since the case seemed solid until the character assassination of the alleged victim. But without evidence how much further can you go forward with the prosecution?

We have a evidence and jury based justice system that is not set up to dispense justice for the victims. Our system is based upon the one simple question above. It means many guilty people go free. It means justice is hard to get but our justice system was established to try to make sure that those convicted of the crime is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It also means sometimes innocent people get convicted because the evidence seems to point to guilt or that the jury, for some reason, ignores evidence that points to the person innocence.

Our justice system is bad because it is all too often fallible but I have NOT found another that is any better, unless you accept harshly punishing millions of innocent scapegoats as acceptable.

LeeH1

July 6th, 2011
1:16 pm

Hmm. DSK has paid an unknown amount of money to protect himself, and it looks like it has paid off. The prosecution took the investigation away from the regular team that looks into this sort of allegations, and gave it to another team, who works closely with the DSK private detectives.

Meanwhile, people forget that DSK originally claimed there was no sexual encounter at all, until told that his semen was found on her dress, when he quickly changed his tune. Also, it seems that he has done this type of thing before, but somehow that doesn’t affect his credibility, either.

So, both DSK and the victim have lied, but only the victim seems to have her credibility shaken. At the end of the trial, we will see some of New York’s finest investigators move to Paris for a nice job with the Surite, while the victim goes back to cleaning rooms.

Ezra

July 6th, 2011
1:23 pm

Sid

July 6th, 2011
9:10 am
I need your sources on that trial and execution in Texas.

Mike

July 6th, 2011
1:46 pm

So, she lied about rape and murder to get into this country, lied on her tax returns to get a bigger refund, lied about her assets to get subsidized housing, told three different stories about what she did after the alleged incident, was recorded on the phone with her convicted drug dealer boyfriend saying “he’s got lots of money, I know what I’m doing,” and according to the New York Post was using her access in a high-end hotel to work as a prostitute, and people who don’t take her side are accused of being racist?

If it gets to the point where DSK is testifying under oath, he’ll say anything that happened between them was consensual. Which is more than Bill Clinton did.

Harry Callahan

July 6th, 2011
2:02 pm

Perry Mason

July 6th, 2011
9:24 am

“Bob … you weren’t there with Bill and Monica and the cigar either, but you sure jumped to conclusions.”

Based on the stains on the dress, Barr’s conclusions were correct.

Harry Callahan

July 6th, 2011
2:03 pm

Father Murphy

July 6th, 2011
10:22 am

“Bob = Is adultary still a crime?”

No, but sexual harrasment, sexual assault, and perjury definitely are.

BTW, it’s spelled “adultery.”

Ellen

July 6th, 2011
2:08 pm

Carlosgvv,

I wouldn’t call Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter politically correct. They may be lots of things–but politically correct isn’t one of them!

Stanford

July 6th, 2011
3:42 pm

Actually, adultery is illegal in about half the states.

Point of Fact – It’s RICH men who get away with rape, they don’t have to be white – Think Kobe Bryant!

another day another $$$

July 6th, 2011
3:54 pm

Hey Harry-get to jumping -According to the Associated Press, DNA samples taken from Strauss-Kahn last week with his permission have matched material found on the maid’s shirt.

fun time

July 6th, 2011
5:44 pm

no big deal—he banged some slutty maid looking for some quick cash. loosen up–man gotta party, man gotta roam.

SaveOurRepublic

July 6th, 2011
7:32 pm

DSK must’ve ran afoul of his Central Banking Cartel bosses, or else these allegations would’ve never arouse.

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Proud Former American

July 7th, 2011
7:34 pm

The US’ legal and political system is so corrupt and rotten that foreign politicians aren’t even safe to visit anymore.

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