If a woman who is alleging rape has an immigration problem, does that mean she’s lying?
Or more to the point, is it possible to convict a rich, powerful man of rape?
In the case of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the answer to the first question appears to be ‘yes,’ at least if you go by the Manhattan District Attorney. And the answer to the second question is, “perhaps, but only after you return his $6 million bail and relieve him of the burden of remaining under house arrest in his swanky, Manhattan apartment:
USA TODAY’s Kevin McCoy, who was in the courtroom, says one of the prosecutors told the judge there were “substantial credibility issues” with the hotel maid’s account of the alleged sexual assault.
But the Manhattan District Attorney’s office says the charges against Strauss-Kahn will remain in place while intensive investigation of the case continues.
Forensic evidence still supports the maid’s claim, says Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon.
And the woman’s lawyer apparently believes the prosecutor, who has “lost some high profile cases” recently and fears losing another one, is setting his client up to be the reason he dismisses the charges against Strauss-Kahn.
Update at 12:10 p.m. ET: Regarding questions as to his client’s credibility, he says she has “made some mistakes, but that doesn’t means she’s not a rape victim.”
He says the woman, who has avoided the media, plans to come forward to give her side of the story.
“We don’t have confidence that they (the prosecutors) are going to bring Dominique Strauss-Kahn to trial.”
Update at 12:09 p.m. ET: Thompson says the district attorney “is trying to lay the grounds to dismiss this case.”
He added the D.A.’s “yelled and screamed” at his client, a maid who is an immigrant from West Africa, and who has already been falsely accused in the media of having HIV and had the implication drawn by Strauss Kahn’s lawyer that she is pretty much a whore who asked for it.
What a world.
UPDATE: RawStory has the press conference by the alleged victim’s attorney, in which he fires back at prosecutors, and explains some of the evidence against Strauss-Kahn.