Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Accuser Goes Public
ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:
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MICHELE NORRIS, Host:
As Ailsa Chang of member station WNYC reports, legal experts are mixed over the wisdom of her decision to sit down with ABC's "Good Morning America" and Newsweek magazine.
AILSA CHANG: After Strauss-Kahn's DNA was found on Nafissatou Diallo's housekeeping uniform, and in the Sofitel hotel suite where he allegedly attacked her, the defense has continually suggested well, there's a reason for that. Diallo consented to a sexual encounter. But on ABC's "Good Morning America" today, she says that's a lie.
NORRIS: I was like, stop. Stop this. Stop this. But he won't say nothing. He keep pushing me, pushing me to the hallway.
CHANG: Some legal experts, though, say it's a clever way to reinforce her credibility about the actual attack. Jim Cohen is a professor of criminal law at Fordham Law School in New York.
P: On this particular matter, she came across - and intended to come across - as a truth teller. And she wanted to send that message both to the prosecutors and to the public.
CHANG: But Jane Manning, who's a former sex crimes prosecutor in New York City, says Diallo could be setting herself up to be impeached on the witness stand.
NORRIS: Even a person who's telling an absolutely true narrative will not tell it the same way twice. And when the case goes to trial, a skillful cross-examiner can highlight those very small differences and really make them seem like major inconsistencies.
CHANG: For NPR News, I'm Ailsa Chang in New York.
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