Judge Expected To Dismiss Strauss-Kahn Charges

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It's back to court for former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday. New York City prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to dismiss all criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn because they aren't sure the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault is telling the truth.


Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is due back in court today and it's possible he could walk out a free man. Yesterday, prosecutors in New York City asked a judge to dismiss all criminal charges against him, as NPR's Joel Rose reports.

JOEL ROSE: In court filings, prosecutors say Strauss-Kahn's accuser has undermined her own credibility. They say Nafissatou Diallo repeatedly lied to prosecutors, both about being gang-raped in her native country of Guinea and about what happened after her encounter with Strauss-Kahn, and they doubt she could persuade a jury that she was sexually assaulted in Strauss-Kahn's Manhattan hotel room.

After a brief meeting with prosecutors yesterday, Diallo's attorney, Kenneth Thompson, spoke to reporters.

Mr. KENNETH THOMPSON (Attorney): The Manhattan district attorney has denied the right of a woman to get justice in a rape case.

ROSE: Black community leaders and women's groups urged the D.A. to go forward with the case, even if Diallo isn't a perfect witness. But New York defense attorney Gerald Shargel praised the way prosecutors handled the case.

Mr. GERALD SHARGEL (Attorney): There were too many lies. There were too many contradictions. That's what made the case untriable from their perspective.

ROSE: Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn say they're grateful the D.A.'s office came to share their concerns about Diallo's credibility.

Joel Rose, NPR News, New York.

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