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Judge lifts house arrest, bail for Strauss-Kahn

Publication Date: 
July 02, 2011
The Los Angeles Times
Tina Susman, Geraldine Baum and Carol J. Williams,

Professor Robert Weisberg is quoted in this Los Angeles Times article on the case against former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and why he doesn't believe the case will last much longer after going from "slam dunk to prosecution disaster."

In a twist that could signal the collapse of a sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a judge Friday lifted his house arrest and bail after prosecutors admitted a "substantial credibility issue" against the hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her.

Among other things, the woman lied on her asylum application about having been gang-raped in the past and repeated the lie in interviews with attorneys from the Manhattan district attorney's office, according to a letter submitted by prosecutors. Strauss-Kahn, wearing a suit and ice blue tie, looked grim as he walked out of the courtroom but broke into a smile as he emerged onto the streets of Manhattan with his wife, Anne Sinclair. His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, called Judge Michael Obus' move a "giant step in the right direction."

"This is a wild anomaly. I don't think I've ever seen any prominent case go from slam dunk to prosecution disaster so quickly," said Stanford Law School professor Robert Weisberg, founder of the university's Criminal Justice Center. "I would be surprised if this case lasts much longer."