DSK Meeting With Lawyers to Discuss Plea Deal, Head Prosecutor Denies "Hooker" Smears

In the ongoing saga of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, today he will meet with lawyers -- potentially including Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance -- to discuss whether there is enough evidence to try him. In recent days, the media has reported that the case against him was "falling apart" due to alleged credibility problems with his accuser, a poor Guinean immigrant who may or may not have lied on her asylum application, and have some connection to a weed dealer in an Arizona prison. Despite all this, the prosecution still maintains there is enough evidence that she was sexually assaulted to make the case. And that's all that matters here at this point, no? The New York Times:

The question remains whether that evidence is strong enough for prosecutors to get Mr. Strauss-Kahn, who was once a leading candidate to become the next president of France, to plead guilty to some charge. It is possible that any deal would involve a misdemeanor plea in which he would serve no jail time and would be allowed to return to France. But it remains unclear if prosecutors have ruled out seeking a felony plea.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s defense team gave indications last week that he would be unwilling to plead guilty to any crime unless prosecutors presented strong evidence. Barring that, the Manhattan district attorney’s office would have to dismiss the charges altogether or go to trial.

The prosecution must also consider whether it believes the case is strong enough to proceed to trial if Mr. Strauss-Kahn refuses to plead guilty.

Simultaneously, the accuser is now suing the New York Post for libel after it ran multiple stories citing an unnamed source accusing her of being a "hooker." The suit says the stories were lies and have exposed her to "ridicule throughout the world." Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, the head prosecutor on the case, told the Times that she did not "have one scintilla of information in that regard." 


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 6, 2011, 4:10am

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