“Our inability to believe the complainant beyond a reasonable doubt means, in good faith, that we could not ask a jury to do that,” assistant district attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said in formally recommending the case be dismissed.
Strauss-Kahn arrived at court in a six-car motorcade and was greeted by protesters wielding signs carrying such messages as “DSK treats women like property” and “Put the rapist on trial – not the victim.” The shouting could be heard inside the courtroom.
He appeared resolute in the courtroom, wearing a dark gray suit, blue shirt and striped tie. He smiled and shook hands with his biographer as his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair, sat nearby. The couple left court without speaking to reporters but issued a statement in English afterward.
“These past two and a half months have been a nightmare for me and my family,” he said. “I want to thank all the friends in France and in the United States who have believed in my innocence, and to the thousands of people who sent us their support personally and in writing. I am most deeply grateful to my wife and family who have gone through this ordeal with me.”
“We will have nothing further to say about this matter and we look forward to returning to our home and resuming something of a more normal life,” he said.
Newswarped thinks that the ‘establishment’ has looked after one of its own again. The credibility issue Diallo was not related to her evidence in this case, but to unrelated events that have been used to attack her testimony.
Frankly I am surprised that a jury was not given the chance to judge her credibility for themselves rather than have prosecutors getting cold feet doing it for them.
To bring down the rich and famous requires an airtight case. The OJ Simpson trial is the most extreme example of a rich and famous person being guilty but getting off with a skilled defence team.
If Diallo was able to front up to trial with a squeaky clean reputation and unshakable testimony then Strauss-Kahn would very likely have gone for the high jump on these charges.
Instead his defence team found what they were looking for – a chink in Diallo’s credibility that they drove a bus through.
Many immigrants will say what they need to in order to get access to the promised land of the United States. Diallo was no different, but it does not mean she was not sexually assaulted in a hotel room by Dominique Strauss-Kahn