Strauss-Kahn Case May Boil Down to She Said-He Said Battle


The New York Times takes a close look at the sexual assault case against former International Monetary fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, concluding that “with no eyewitness or other direct evidence of a forcible attack, the case is shaping up to be a battle of she-said, he said.” It seems that given the big egos and professional reputations on both sides, circumstance and worldwide publicity, it is unlikely that Strauss-Kahn will make a deal admitting to a lesser crime and the prosecution accepting lesser punishment.

Even if Strauss-Kahn says he is willing to serve some prison time, the Times says it is hard to envision prosecutor Cyrus Vance offering a sentence that would satisfy Strauss-Kahn, because Vance does not want to appear weak. It’s likely that the alleged victim will be subjected to an aggressive cross-examination. “You really have to attack the witness's credibility,” said defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman (not part of this case). “While it may seem morally unseemly to the public, it's legally appropriate and we have to do the best we can for our clients.” He added: “You have to make this into a money thing at the end. Has she defaulted on loans or bounced checks?”

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