Lawmakers, Activists Hope DA Vance Will Persist With DSK Sex Assault Case

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — It’s a challenge for the Manhattan district attorney – should he drop the sex assault case against former international money man Dominique Strauss-Kahn?

On Sunday, there were new calls for DA Cyrus Vance to keep the case alive, reports CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

“They must continue this case,” one woman said.

It was a straightforward message delivered by a diverse group of activists and elected officials.

“Demanding that Vance continue with this case, give this woman her day in court,” Aisha Al-Adawiya, director of Women in Islam, said.

That woman is the 32-year-old African immigrant who accused Strauss-Kahn of sex assault at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan.

Many believe Vance may decide to drop the case due to issues with the accuser. Questions about her credibility were uncovered by investigators working for the district attorney’s office. The DA did what he was legally required to do, turning the information over to Strauss-Kahn’s defense team.

The letter detailed how the accuser “fabricated the statement” to immigration that helped her win asylum, and admitted her “account was false” when she told the grand jury that she immediately reported the alleged assault. It also noted that the “complainant was untruthful” to the IRS and investigators looking into her background.

Activists on Sunday, though, said that even if the accuser lied to immigration and the tax man, it doesn’t mean she’s lying about the sex assault.

“I believe it’s an insult to our system of American justice for us to even consider ignoring the forensic and other medical evidence,” State Senator Bill Perkins said.

Strauss-Kahn is scheduled to be back in court a week from Monday. The district attorney’s office said it’s still investigating, and will proceed with the prosecution – at least for now.

There was no comment Sunday from lawyers for Strauss-Kahn.

District Attorney Vance has faced some criticism for his handling of the case, but his legendary predecessor, Robert Morgenthau, offered words of support this week.

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  1. M.A.D says:

    VANCE IS A WIMP!! THIS CASE HAS TURNED INTO A POLITICAL RICH VS. POOR GAME AND THE ONLY ONE THAT STANDS TO LOSE IS THE VICTIM. SHE SHOULD NOT BE INVESTIGATED NOR IS SHE ON TRIAL, INVESTIGATE THAT LESS OF A MAN LOSER!! A LOSER BECAUSE HE NEEDS TO ATTACK WOMEN IN ORDER TO GET SOME.

  2. ED says:

    Vance violated the rape shield law to throw the case.
    Vance was not suppose to question the victim about her
    sexual past and her tax issues.

    Vance was a bad choice for DA.

    The new york times anointed him, only because of the times endorsement
    did he win the office. When he appeared at the Village Independent democratic
    club, we found him lacking in experiance, compassion and empathy!

    Vance saw nothing wrong with the Manhattan DA’s office and
    said he would run the office just like Morgantheau.

    The Manhattan Da”s office has had many critics over the last few years.

    We did not like him, we did not endorse him.
    I favored Lesley Snyder cracker for DA.

    NO MINORITY CANDIDATES CAME FORWARD TO SEEK
    ENDORSEMENTS, SNYDER WAS THE ONLY FEMALE!!
    Also in a city where the minority community complain of injustice
    by the courts and DA, Why

    We can only hope that Vance will shape up or ship out,
    back to Oregon.

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