Manhattan D.A. Files to Drop Dominique Strauss-Kahn Charges

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As expected, Cy Vance Jr.'s office has filed paperwork to drop all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in his alleged sexual assault of hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo. The papers were filed at 3:20 p.m. today in Manhattan Supreme Court. Over the course of the last month or so, the D.A.'s office had lost faith in Diallo, who'd been caught in a number of lies and half-truths involving her asylum application and other things. 

The prosecutors wrote in the paperwork, which is called a recommendation for dismissal:
"The nature and number of the complainant's falsehoods leave us unable to credit her version of events beyond a reasonable doubt, whatever the truth may be about the encounter between the complainant and the defendant. If we do not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so."

Diallo's side is furious. Her lawyer Kenneth Thompson said after a meeting with prosecutors, "If the Manhattan district attorney, who is elected to protect our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our wives and our loved ones, is not going to stand up for them when they're raped or sexually assaulted, who will?" We've put in a call at Thompson's office and will update if we can get any comment.

Will they be able to bring a civil suit against DSK, now that the criminal case is over and done with? How could they be able to keep him in the country for that?

Choire Sicha's take sums it all up nicely:

If the motion the DA's office files today resembles this patchwork of weird character/witness issues--and it should contain something more substantial than all this--then I'm not really sure what the point in having a DA is? What a mess: this freakshow was mismanaged by all parties, except apparently the people whose full-time job it was to leak things to the press. Those people should get a raise!

And if you're interested/depending on how you feel about this case, there's a rally in support of Nafissatou Diallo outside of the Criminal Court building in Lower Manhattan going on right now.

[City Room/NYT]

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IANAL
IANAL

Will they be able to bring a civil suit against DSK, now that the criminal case is over and done with? How could they be able to keep him in the country for that?

1. Diallo's already filed suit against him, so your question should be, will she be able to continue pursuing him in civil court.2. I assume the D.A.'s office requested that the case be dismissed without prejudice, and if the judge doesn't disagree, DSK can still be brought to trial, so it's not entirely accurate to say the case is "over and done with." Maybe new evidence or witnesses will surface.3. I don't think that in a civil suit, the defendant is required to be in court, just that he be properly served, which DSK must have been by now. The real question is, will Diallo be able to collect if she wins her lawsuit. I read somewhere that DSK has real estate in the U.S., which she could move to seize (unless DSK has taken steps to make himself "judgment-proof," like Al Sharpton had so that he wound up paying very little, if anything, to Steven Pagones, et al.)

Rosie Gray
Rosie Gray

Good points, all. I mis-wrote - should have asked whether she'd be able to continue the suit, not whether she'd be able to file it! 

Kefhoefh
Kefhoefh

Innocent until proven guilty. Not proven guily, therefore innocent. perp walks, public humiliation and stubborn imbecility. USA nbr 1

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