[UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers.]
…by Peter Beinart – short version: the prosecutors are going to get blamed for any collapse in the case, despite the fact that they acted without regard to the social status of the accused, in good faith, and were open and forthcoming about details in the case, including the negative ones. All of which is true, by the way: but it’s a damned shame that Beinart can admit the truth of that, and not admit that pretty much the same can be truthfully said about the US military with regard to Abu Ghraib*(H/T: Instapundit). The difference is, of course, that spittle-flecked antiwar hatemongers like Beinart absolutely hate any suggestion that they should be denied their Special Time when it comes to duly designated Hate Objects. The US military counts; apparently, former IMF heads don’t.
Of course, I may be too harsh on the fellow. Based on Beinart’s prior musings on Abu Ghraib, it simply may be that he has structural problems in his brain that make the irony imperceptible to him**.
Moe Lane Continue reading #rsrh This pious back-patting post about DSK…
We’re now at the point in the second half of the episode where the Case Is About To Collapse because of the Sudden Revelations About The Chief Defense Witness, and then Somebody Brings Up The Detail From The First Half Of The Episode That Nobody Followed Up At The Time*. Next up: Sam Waterson Makes A Quiet, Yet Pent-Up Angry Closing Speech Which May Or May Not Work.
*I drove for five hours today, and I’m tired; I’m sure that you’re familiar with both Law & Order; and the DSK rape accusation case, anyway. If not, ask me to explain all of this after I’ve had a full night’s sleep.
…with the only thing left keeping him in-country is that they’re keeping his passport*.
If I had a nasty, suspicious mind I’d be publicly wondering what the over/under is on him taking advantage of the Fourth of July weekend travel madness to get out of the country and back to France. Good thing that I don’t have a nasty, suspicious mind, huh?
*Short version of why: the accuser’s credibility has been called into question, based on her associates, a call made after the alleged attack, and her apparent misrepresentation of her past history to law enforcement officials. Note that there’s still physical evidence that nobody’s attempting to deny, and the fact that DSK ran for it. IOW, not conclusive proof, but the courts more or less had to take this all into account when assessing DSK’s flight risk.
…question: “Strauss-Kahn’s friends to maid’s family: How much cash will it take to shut that impoverished little mouth of hers?” As you might have guessed, Allahpundit finds the entire idea of a payoff reprehensible – which makes sense, because it is.
But I do wonder whether the answer “Everything Strauss-Kahn owns. Everything, except for the clothes on his back and a coach ticket back to French territory” doesn’t have a certain rough justice about it. Probably… not; but it’d do for a civil settlement, after they’re done with the criminal proceedings.
The UK Daily Mail quite self-consciously (and quite rightly) considers itself a step above the British tabloids, or perhaps a step and a half. Or an entire flight of stairs, for that matter. But they are British, and thus will happily report salacious details… if they’ve been suitably bowdlerized, of course.
Disgraced banker Dominique Strauss-Kahn told an Air France hostess she had a ‘nice a**e’ just moments before police hauled him off his flight, it has been claimed.
You have to wonder if this guy is all there, or something. In terms of karma? That’s Just Asking For It.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have more to worry about than a possible prison sentence.
The IMF chief’s alleged sex-assault victim lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS, The Post has learned.
It is, in fact, a shame – for the woman, of course. But if DSK actually did commit rape (read the article for why I’m calling it that now) then I am forced to note that my sympathy is muted. Particularly since even though it’s unlikely that he’ll catch the disease himself (or so I’m told) AND even if he gets off of the charges somehow the man’s ‘love’ life just took a nosedive anyway.