Prosecutors Expected To Drop Strauss-Kahn Case

Originally published on August 22, 2011 6:54 pm
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NPR's Joel Rose is following this story at the courthouse in lower Manhattan, he joins us now. And Joel, you've got a copy of the court filing. Why did prosecutors decide to do this?

JOEL ROSE: Now, the prosecutors have never said that they believe that the accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, is lying about the facts of this case or what happened in the room with Dominique Strauss-Kahn, but given their grave concerns about her credibility on other issues, they just feel that the cumulative effect of these falsehoods would be devastating at trial. That was their word. Devastating.

SIEGEL: What about Ms. Diallo's lawyer, Ken Thompson?

ROSE: And let's take a listen to that tape.

KENNETH THOMPSON: He has not only turned his back on this innocent victim, but he has also turned his back on the forensic, medical and other physical evidence in this case.

ROSE: Now, there is a lot of support for Nafissatou Diallo from black community leaders and from women's groups. They point out that there is DNA evidence of the sexual encounter between Strauss-Kahn and Diallo and they want to see the case go forward even if Diallo is not a perfect witness.

SIEGEL: What happens next? Will Dominique Strauss-Kahn be free to go?

ROSE: It is possible. Diallo's lawyer has asked the judge to appoint a special prosecutor to pursue the criminal charges, but legal analysts do not give that tactic much chance of success. Her lawyer has also already filed a civil lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn in the Bronx, but if the judge agrees to dismiss all the criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn tomorrow, he would be free to catch the next flight to France. He's facing sexual assault charges there, as well, but that's another story.

SIEGEL: That's NPR's Joel Rose in New York, reporting on the request by prosecutors there to drop charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.