The severe weakening of the sex assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn dealt a setback to the nascent political ambitions of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., says the Washington Post. Vance has served for under two years in one of the highest-profile positions in U.S. law enforcement. He is the son of former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance Sr. and is the hand-picked successor of Robert Morgenthau, his legendary nine-term predecessor.
His office's acknowledgment that it now questions the credibility of the chambermaid who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault led to the Frenchman's release from house arrest. The development is one of a string of high-profile defeats for Vance. “Major cases keep falling apart or acquittals occur where the public is hyped about the nature of the crime and the probability of conviction,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic consultant. “If Vance continues to lose cases where the electorate has an intense amount of information, he is going to have a problem. There are definitely people today thinking about whether Cy Vance should be challenged.”