12:05pm

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

A New York judge dismissed the sexual assault case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund. The AP reports that the ruling won't take effect, however, until an appeals court hears the accuser's request for a special prosecutor.

Yesterday, prosecutors asked the judge to drop the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, because of issues with the credibility of his accuser.

The AP adds:

A 33-year-old West African maid claimed that the former head of the International Monetary fund attacked her and sexually assaulted her in his luxury suite on May 14.

Prosecutors argued that DNA evidence showed sexual contact but not necessarily a forced encounter. They also see medical findings as inconclusive.

Earlier today, another judge denied the accuser's petition to remove the district attorney from the case and assign a special prosecutor.

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