The New York Times talks to its sources in the NY Police Department and prosecutor’s office and reports:
The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.
Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors now do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.
More key phrases include “repeatedly lied” to investigators, “issues involving the asylum application,” and “possible links to people involved in criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.”
The Times article is based on two anonymous sources, about which readers should always be careful. On the other hand, prosecutors and defense attorney will return to court on Friday morning (NY time), where this new evidence will be presented to the judge.
If the Times account is accurate, the charges against Strauss-Kahn could be greatly reduced or even dropped altogether. Time to shake up French politics again.
* Presumption of innocence is not enough to protect your high-profile political job.
* Track records matter.
* When defense attorneys talk about undermining the credibility of an accuser, they’re not always contemplating personal smears. (Although this may still be the way to bet.)
* The amount of money she is alleged to have been involved in laundering is not trivial. I wonder if the police forces have tugged on all of the threads here to see where they lead.
* I have no idea whether a political comeback for Strauss-Kahn is plausible.