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DSK Pleads Not Guilty

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Posted on Jun 6, 2011
bbc.co.uk

Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears at the New York Supreme Court flanked by his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, and court officials.

He was met by hecklers siding with his alleged sexual assault victim outside the New York Supreme Court, but former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn kept his own words to a minimum, pleading not guilty in a brief court appearance Monday.  —KA

BBC:

A group of hotel workers shouted, “Shame on you!”, in a show of solidarity with the maid who accuses him of attacking her.

She has not been identified, but is known to be a 32-year-old single mother and immigrant worker from the West African country of Guinea.

The accused spoke in a firm voice only twice: to enter his plea, and to confirm his next appearance.

Defence lawyer Ben Brafman said outside court after the brief hearing: “It will be clear that there was no element of forcible compulsion in this case whatsoever.

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By Blackspeare, June 7, 2011 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

Not to worry!  Once the girl settles down and logically looks at the situation money will make the difference.  Remember the woman in question is a Muslim and as such is prone to the rule of Sharia, which allows for payment in lieu of punishment.  With DSK and his wife quite wealthy this woman and her family would be on easy street for the rest of their lives.  I’m sure negotiations are proceeding.  She could sue him in civil court, but that’s chancy and the lawyer gets a big cut.  She’ll get much more under a Sharia settlement.  Like they say, take the money and run!

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By Leefeller, June 7, 2011 at 12:05 am Link to this comment

If this clown is found guilty after a fair trial, maybe they can can have him run for the Republican Party,... I am becoming a little tired of hearing about powerful folks attitudes of entitlement. 

This guy is a socialist like Wisconson Walker is a humanitarian!

From what I can tell the IMF is just another racket, except the mob had scruples…. Socialist my ass, ringer is more like it.

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By IceNine, June 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps he isn’t guilty and it is a good reminder about the presumption of innocence. Frequently, the court of public opinion is almost as scary as our justice system.

Still, it is hard to imagine an immigrant motel maid bringing these charges and drawing such attention to herself if there were nothing to it.

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By MarthaA, June 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm Link to this comment

And, he may NOT be guilty.

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By Lew Ciefer, June 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment

Let’s see ... Jewish, socialist, banker and a high ranking politician ... whodda thunk it?

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