Implosion Of Strauss-Kahn Case Just The Latest Embarrassment For Manhattan DA

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The surprising implosion of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case is just the latest embarrassment for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. It’s the third high-profile case to fall apart in the last two months, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.

The lawyer for Strauss-Kahn’s alleged victim said publicly Friday that he believes that fear was holding Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance Jr. from moving forward with the case against the former IMF chief.

“Our concern is that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is too afraid to try this case. We believe that he’s afraid that he’s going to lose,” Attorney Kenneth Thompson said.

Those comments come following Vance’s office losing two other high-profile cases recently.

Vance recently lost the case brought against the two city police officers — Kenneth Moreno, Franklin Mata — who were accused of raping a drunk woman as well as two cases this week involving the Deutsche Bank building fire.

While it’s unclear if fear of failure played any role in the DA’s decision to back off in the sexual assault case against the French political figure, new questions about whether the alleged victim told the truth are causing some uncomfortable moments for law enforcement.

“Detectives investigating the case found the complainant to be credible,” Commissioner Ray Kelly said on May 18.

When asked if he still believes whether investigators believe the alleged victim to be credible, Kelly said “the investigators doing the investigation believe that she was credible.”

The fact that Vance raised questions about his main witness’ credibility was an startling development to some.

“It’s a surprising, even a shocking development,” former prosecutor Randy Mastro said.

Mastro, however, gives the Manhattan DA points for admitting the case has problems.

“The measure of a great prosecutor is not simply the cases his office wins, it’s having the courage to bring the tough cases,” Mastro said. “And it’s having the courage to — in what’s hopefully that rare circumstance — to own up to your offices mistakes.”

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  • Bob Fowler

    “…the high office of the President has been used to foment
    a plot to destroy the American’s freedom, and before I leave
    office, I must inform the citizens of this plight.”
    — John F. Kennedy (November 12, 1963, Columbia U,
    10 days before his assassination)

    history repeating itself?

    • Lanette

      Get Strauss Kahn off of your noble pedestal. He has no place there.

  • John Jay

    Maybe the DA will learn next time… NOT to think first, “OH MY GOD- A POOR BLACK WOMAN RAPED BY A RICH WHITE MAN!!!” instead of did we THOROGHLY COLLECTING ALL OF THE BACKROUND INFO ON BOTH SIDES?- BEFORE WE GO PUBLIC, just to score big PR points. He had to know that the press and the publc would eat this case up alive, whether this guy was really guilty or not…. Now they are claiming that this maid got SPECIAL FAVORS and UNUSUALLY LARGE TIPS for certain guests.. Our DA’s office couldn’t have found this out before?? Come on people!!

  • richiano

    Its very simple for the DA or any DA: never, never, never, never, never, never.
    make such charges before “Thoroughly ” investigation the accusers
    record first.

    • Scott

      No doubt. You would think that is just common sense. Frankly, it is. This DA should be terminated from his position. The story was fishy from the start. A maid never enters a room until a hotel guest has “checked out” and they are informed the guest has left. That too, is common sense especially in a $3,000.00 dollar a night room with a very high profil guest.

      • Lanette

        This is an ignorant comment. Maids enter rooms all the time if they think that you are gone and or if you don’t hear the knock and you forgot to put the do not disturb tag. I have had it happen to me more than once.

  • nathan

    The maid is a hustler and Vance got played. Anyone can have a bad day, but he’s had too many lately. Get old man Morgenthau out of retirement.

  • Bob Fowler

    Strauss-Kahn was simply being discredited to prevent him from becoming president of France. Someone in a position of authority told him not to run. He decided to ignore the warning. His masters brought him back into the fold.

    Do you really think that it is any different here? And by the way, ‘here’ is now the world, as it is controlled by the select few. Like Herbert wrote, “he who controls the spice controls the universe.” Years as lemmings, and now we are too powerless to resist. “He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”

    • Lanette

      This is a pro Strauss Kahn forum. I have sent a comment twice that you do not print. Shame on you

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