A judge in New York on Tuesday dismissed all charges in the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the International Monetary Fund.

In a hearing that lasted all of 13 minutes, the judge dismissed all seven charges — four felonies and three misdemeanors — effectively making Strauss-Kahn a free man after several months in jail and house arrest. Strauss-Kahn left the courthouse smiling. –BF

The Los Angeles Times:

“I am satisfied the people’s application was made in good faith …. I see no basis to deny the people’s application,” Judge Michael Obus said in upholding the prosecution’s request to drop the case.

Obus also said his decision was contingent upon an appellate court upholding his decision handed down earlier Tuesday to reject demands that a special prosecutor be assigned to the case. The attorney for the alleged assault victim filed a motion Monday accusing the district attorney of being biased against his client. Obus turned down the motion; a request for it to be reviewed by an appellate court was considered a formality and was not expected to affect the eventual outcome of the case.

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