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The Strauss-Kahn Charges
Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/17/2011

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 enough—and French politics is strange enough—that 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dsk; imf; rape; rulingclass; unitednations

1 posted on 05/17/2011 2:43:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

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.


2 posted on 05/17/2011 2:46:58 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

Or the government sneaks him out due to alleged diplomatic immunity.


3 posted on 05/17/2011 2:49:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

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.


4 posted on 05/17/2011 2:57:47 PM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: pepsionice

I think one million will be required with 40% going to her lawyer.


5 posted on 05/17/2011 2:58:07 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: nickcarraway
Or the government sneaks him out due to alleged diplomatic immunity.

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...

6 posted on 05/17/2011 3:05:03 PM PDT by elli1
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To: nickcarraway
Mr. Strauss-Kahn is entitled to the presumption of innocence...

In court.

7 posted on 05/17/2011 3:17:05 PM PDT by luvbach1 (checked your profile)
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To: elli1

Sarkozy was the one who appointed him in the first place.


8 posted on 05/17/2011 3:19:32 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

>>>>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.


9 posted on 05/17/2011 3:21:29 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: pepsionice

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.


10 posted on 05/17/2011 3:39:57 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: nickcarraway

I think we should give him bail so that he can run back to France and become a roommate of Roman Polanski.


11 posted on 05/17/2011 3:48:27 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: La Lydia

This is the kind of stuff that I wish that I didn’t know.


12 posted on 05/17/2011 4:12:21 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (There is no native criminal class except Congress. Mark Twain)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

.......now on suicide watch...........


13 posted on 05/17/2011 4:17:15 PM PDT by spokeshave (Obamas approval ratings are so low, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the USA.)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

If everybody knew this, it might not be happening.


14 posted on 05/17/2011 4:36:18 PM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: nickcarraway

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.


15 posted on 05/17/2011 4:38:23 PM PDT by paudio (The differences between Clinton and 0bama? About a dozen of former Democratic Congressmen.)
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To: nickcarraway
Or the government sneaks him out due to alleged diplomatic immunity.

He would be the world's stupidest diplomat if he spent one night in Rikers Island when he had diplomatic immunity.

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.

16 posted on 05/17/2011 5:03:40 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: elli1
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...

M. Strauss-Kahn, if he is as guilty as it appears, is truly in a bad situation. He has little to look forward to...

the infowarrior

17 posted on 05/17/2011 5:05:43 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: nickcarraway
Sarkozy was the one who appointed him in the first place.

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...

the infowarrior

18 posted on 05/17/2011 5:10:03 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Cheburashka; Keith in Iowa
Read other articles I have posted. IMF officials have diplomatic immunity for official acts. Whether that applies can only be decided in court. There is disagreement about it.

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.

19 posted on 05/17/2011 6:02:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Sarkozy was the one who appointed him in the first place.

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.

20 posted on 05/17/2011 6:59:51 PM PDT by elli1
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To: nickcarraway

Sarko appointed DSK to the IMF to get his most powerful potential political challenger out of France.


21 posted on 05/17/2011 10:20:12 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: paudio

The pre-trial has aroused vicious virulent anti-American comments and articles by French media and political elites in, as well as on blogs in France.
What the MSM here seems to be leaving out, as Stuart Varney said today is that DSK is a SOCIALIST, and was, until Saturday, the leading contender to be the candidate for President of France of the SOCIALIST PARTY.


22 posted on 05/17/2011 10:27:16 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: nickcarraway

DSK did not travel on official IMF business to NY. He was on personal business, to visit his daughter who is a grad stiludent at Columbia.
The IMF has already thrown him under the bus. They have stated he was not on official business and cannot claim immunity under some UN agreement. He is not a Diplomat, does not represent France, and has no immunity.
If he did, do you think he’d be sitting in a cell at Riker’s?


23 posted on 05/17/2011 10:34:44 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Cincinna

Maybe you should read the articles. In New York state, the law is, it’s up to the courts to decide what official business is. The bottom line is that until the court decides he doesn’t have diplomatic immunity, it’s an open question. His lawyer may be waiting to bring it to the court. The U.S. government usually sides with this type of person over U.S. citizens. If the State Department can have their way, he will be allowed to leave the country.


24 posted on 05/18/2011 10:27:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Cincinna

How do you know he’s not the leading contender now? At least 60% of French people believe it was a conspiracy.


25 posted on 05/18/2011 10:28:20 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

DSK is not a Diplomat. He does not travel on a Diplomatic Passport. If he did, they would have never been able to get him off the AF flight.
The IMF, from which he just resigned, was his employer. They say he was not in NY on IMF business, therefore no immunity.
The immunity wouldn’t be diplomatic, it would have come from some international treaty agreement with the UN


26 posted on 05/18/2011 10:46:06 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: nickcarraway

DSK is not a Diplomat. He does not travel on a Diplomatic Passport. If he did, they would have never been able to get him off the AF flight.
The IMF, from which he just resigned, was his employer. They say he was not in NY on IMF business, therefore no immunity.
The immunity wouldn’t be diplomatic, it would have come from some international treaty agreement with the UN


27 posted on 05/18/2011 10:46:20 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: nickcarraway

The Socialist Party has moved on, trying to unite behind another candidate.
The French love conspiracies. They have an innate hatred and distrust of the Police, of the Law, and of government in general. The Socialists may be fools, but they aren’t suicidal.
Now that the initial shock has worn off, and women are coming out of the woodwork claiming what everyone already knew about DSK, he is toxic.
A new story has surfaced about his involvement in a rape in a hotel in Mexico... Se MO.
They might believe it was a set up which is ridiculous, but they wouldn’t want him representing France.
IMO he was a fatally flawed candidate from the beginning for many reasons. Dont think he was the strongest candidate. All that is moot now, and Sarko is back in the running. Latest polls show a probable runoff between Sarko and Francois Hollande. Marine le Pen’s star is fading,
thank God!
The political career of DSK est fini.


28 posted on 05/18/2011 11:00:39 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: La Lydia
In 2009, the Harry Reid’s Senate rejected a Republican attempt to reduce the United States’ $180 billion annual contribution to the IMF.

The United States does not give the IMF $180 billion every year. The IMF does not require an annual contribution from member countries, only a quota which is the total amount which must be contributed.

The IMF accounts for country contributions in SDR's (special drawing rights), which are made up of a combination of currencies. According to the IMF website, the US now has a contribution of 42 billion in SDRs in this fund, which is today worth about $67 billion.

During the financial crisis the IMF did set up an additional fund of $500 billion, of which the US contributed $100 billion in 2009. This was a one time contribution, not an annual payment.

29 posted on 05/19/2011 1:03:44 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Keith in Iowa

I read that this trip was “personal” so the diplomatic immunity he’d have been entitled to if he were here on official IMF business does not apply.


30 posted on 05/19/2011 1:14:47 AM PDT by EDINVA
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