Skip to comments.The Strauss-Kahn Charges
Posted on 05/17/2011 2:43:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel cleaning woman in New York City is a personal humiliation for the French politician, but it is also a black mark on the International Monetary Fund that chose to overlook his previous sexual behavior. It will be fascinating to see how the grandees of French and international financial politics handle this one.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn is entitled to the presumption of innocence, and his attorney says he will plead not guilty. Some in the French press and even a French government minister are suggesting that the 62-year-old Socialist Party panjandrum may have been set up by his rivals. The charges are stunning enoughand French politics is strange enoughthat we suppose anything is possible, but such a conspiracy would have to include a large number of players.
WSJ Europe editorial page editor Brian Carney explains the policy impact of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest.
The facts of the case as reported by New York police so far do not look promising for the IMF managing director. The woman who entered to clean the Frenchman's $3,000-a-night Sofitel suite at midday on Saturday reported the incident immediately. She told police that Mr. Strauss-Kahn emerged naked from the bathroom, pursued her down a hallway and pulled her into the bedroom. She escaped and he then chased her again and dragged her into a bathroom.
In other words, this is not a case in which misunderstandings about mutual consent are at issue. The charge is the unlawful imprisonment and attempted rape of a vulnerable hotel employee trying to do her job. Police also say that Mr. Strauss-Kahn fled the hotel in a rush, leaving behind his cellphone and other personal items.
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DSK needs to hustle up a quarter million to offer the maid, and hope that is enough. If there’s blood and DNA...he will be convicted in a New York court. Otherwise, I’m predicting two years of state prison...and maybe getting half of that dismissed for good behavior.
Or the government sneaks him out due to alleged diplomatic immunity.
In 2009, the Harry Reid’s Senate rejected a Republican attempt to reduce the United States’ $180 billion annual contribution to the IMF. It will be a fortunate outcome if this situation shines a bright light on the amount of money that is being sucked out of our economy every year by this organization that is run by socialists — WITH THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS. For perspective, the Pentagon budget then was about $515 billion.
I think one million will be required with 40% going to her lawyer.
I don't think Sarkozy wants him back in France and DSK might not want to go back considering that the victim has been reported to be Muslim, the number of Muslims in France and DSK being Jewish...
Sarkozy was the one who appointed him in the first place.
>>>>Or the government sneaks him out due to alleged diplomatic immunity.
If the IMF leadership were afforded diplomatic immunity, DS-K would have already been sent back to Paris.
Are you kidding?
this woman can make waaaaay more with the magazine, book and movie rights.
I hope they make a movie depicting the hypocrisy of this dirtbag...uh, “alleged” dirtbag.
I think we should give him bail so that he can run back to France and become a roommate of Roman Polanski.
This is the kind of stuff that I wish that I didn’t know.
.......now on suicide watch...........
If everybody knew this, it might not be happening.
This is perhaps one of few cases where AG Eric Holder does NOT want the trial to be in New York. Heck, if they could, he and 0bama perhaps even want the trial to be in Guantanamo—hoping it arouse anti-American sentiment in Europe.
When you have diplomatic immunity you have a passport issued by your government. In your passport it says you are a diplomat and have diplomatic immunity.
M. Strauss-Kahn, if he is as guilty as it appears, is truly in a bad situation. He has little to look forward to...
In order to get him, a bitter political rival, out of the country. That M. Strauss-Kahn has since not just apparently stepped on, but apparently ran in place on his 'homme-hood' makes M. Sarkozy's decision to be wise, indeed...
His lawyers are probably waiting for court to use it. Or, they are putting pressure on the State Dept. to sneak him out in the dark of night.
Yes and for the reason of getting him out of France. I can't imagine why Sark would want him back now even in his apparent, politically neutered state.