The Times said prosecutors had met with Strauss-Kahn's lawyers on Thursday and the parties were discussing whether to dismiss the felony charges.The paper said that prosecutors had discovered issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.
"Indeed, Mr. Strauss-Kahn could be released on his own recognizance, and freed from house arrest, reflecting the likelihood that the serious criminal charges against him will not be sustained," the paper said. "The district attorney's office may try to require Mr. Strauss-Kahn to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, but his lawyers are likely to contest such a move."
The paper quoted what it said were two well-placed law enforcement officials as saying that although forensic evidence showed there had been a sexual encounter between the French politician and the maid, the accuser had repeatedly lied and prosecutors did not believe much about what she had told them. [...]
It said prosecutors' investigators had discovered that the woman had had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter with Strauss-Kahn in which she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against him. The conversation was recorded.
Like I said after prosecutors paraded Strauss-Kahn in front of the cameras for the traditional perp walk:
I don't believe the press should be censored, but I do have concerns about government agents inflicting their own punishments while an accused is still entitled to the presumption of innocence. The courts are supposed to punish those found guilty, not the cops and not the D.A. And there is also the issue of deliberately tainting the jury pool.
I really have a problem with police and prosecutors who believe it's their job to publicly humiliate an accused. Mistakes happen, investigators construct faulty narratives, witnesses can be both certain and wrong, experts sometimes offer flawed analyses and, on occasion, victims are not victims at all.
So I wonder how much this is going to cost the City of New York and Sofitel.