Strauss-Kahn New York Sexual Assault Case Dismissed

A New York judge has dismissed the sexual assault case against former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Attorneys for the woman accusing the former leader of the International Monetary Fund had requested one because they felt Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance was biased. Diallo, a 33-year-old hotel maid from Guinea, is still pursuing a civil suit against DSK.

Yesterday, her lawyer Kenneth Thompson made one last-ditch effort to keep the criminal case alive, filing a motion asking that Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance's office be disqualified. The decision to drop the charges in a case that has attracted global attention as a cauldron of sex, violence, power and politics had been widely expected. "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 told Judge Michael Obus.

"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 told Judge Michael Obus.

"She should not have her right to go to trial in a criminal case taken away by the Manhattan district attorney's office," The New York Times quoted Kenneth Thompson, her lawyer, as saying.
 
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