DSK: What was the Manhattan DA's office thinking?

When it comes to the now-debacle of a case they once had against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, many of you may be asking yourselves exactly that. Below, the prosecution explains themselves:

When it comes to the now-debacle of a case they once had against
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, many of you may be asking yourselves exactly
that. Below, the prosecution explains themselves:



Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon released the following statement Friday, after the explosive New York Times story broke about how the prosecution's case was crumbling and the same day Strauss-Kahn walked free out of house arrest:



"At the time this case came to the district attorney's office, we were faced with a credible claim

of a serious sexual assault by a civilian witness who had a solid work history with her employer," said Illuzzi-Orbon. "The fact of a sexual encounter was and is corroborated by forensic evidence, and the very brief time period inside the hotel suite strongly suggested something other than a consensual act."



There was semen found on the housekeeper's clothes and bruises on her body. For six weeks, the maid's story was credible, according to reports.



"One-hundred-percent consistent," a top investigator told the Post today. "Rock solid," said another.



"We conducted extensive interviews with the complainant, co-workers, friends, hotel security and police officers," continued Illuzzi-Orbon on Friday. "Even after indictment we have been conducting an investigation of all aspects of this case, including the background of the complainant and her various statements about the incident and her past activities."



It was in the course of that investigation, according to reports, prosecutors discovered the woman lied about her immigration history. She also reportedly lied about being gang-raped in her native Guinea and is also allegedly connected to criminals. She also called a friend doing time behind bars in Rikers, where she reportedly said, "Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of
money. I know what I’m doing," a law enforcement official told the New York Times.



The Post has been quoting anonymous law enforcement officials who say the maid works as a prostitute, a claim she says is spurious and for which she is now suing them for libel.



"All of this has caused us to re-assess the position that we have advanced to the court about the

strength of the case," said Illuzzi-Orbon on Friday.



Her boss, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, added: "That investigation raised concerns about the

complaining witness’s credibility. We turned over to the defense the information that gave

rise to the concerns, as we are ethically and legally obligated to do."



While Illuzzi-Orbon admitted "the strength of the case has been affected by the substantial credibility

issues relating to the complaining witness," the DA's office has not yet dropped the charges. However, the Post reported just this morning that prosecutors will likely drop sexual assault charges against DSK at his next court appearance on July 18, or even earlier.

 
 
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