A jury should be able to sort through the credibility issues of former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his accuser, argues former sex crimes prosecutor Wendy Murphy in Women’s eNews. If Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance believes it’s appropriate to dismiss rape charges because of a victim’s prior false statements and other past behavior, as opposed to lies about the crime itself, then he should consider the past behavior of Strauss-Kahn as well, Murphy says.
Since when is the word of a woman not good enough at least to allow a jury to decide what really happened? she asks. Strauss-Kahn has been repeatedly accused of sexually offensive behavior toward women and admitted engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a lower-ranking staff member. If the victim’s past hurts her credibility, doesn’t Vance have to say exactly the same thing about DSK? Murphy asks. “Again, let a jury make the call.”