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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Strauss-Kahn Walks Free

Strauss-Kahn's expensive lawyers have done a brilliant job of discrediting the maid involved in the alleged rape case, so much so that prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss all criminal charges against him.

Because the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, has been caught out telling lies in the past, she now has no credibility. To find her guilty, a jury must be persuaded beyond all reasonable doubt that her version of events is true but because evidence of her lies in the past can be proved, no one will believe her version of what happened on that day in the Sofitel hotel room.

But the forensic, medical and other evidence is overwhelming and her lawyer Kenneth Thompson is furious and says that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jnr has denied his client justice by dismissing it out of hand. He was convinced they had more than enough evidence to convict him.

So Strauss-Kahn gets to walk free, not that we are really surprised, just like the OJ Simpson case, we learn that in America, money and power speak much louder than words.