DSK is free … but he’ll never be clear

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, as expected, walked today:

Dominique Strauss-Kahn became a free man Tuesday when a judge ended the sexual assault case against him at the request of prosecutors, who said the hotel maid who accused the former International Monetary Fund chief couldn’t be trusted.

Though evidence showed Strauss-Kahn had a sexual encounter with Nafissatou Diallo in his hotel suite more than three months ago, prosecutors said the accuser was not credible because of lies she has told, including an earlier false rape claim.

The only way prosecutors were going to get a conviction was if the victim was a nun or under 12 years old. So the fact that the victim has lied in the past made the case unwinnable, according to the New York DA.

But bottom line is he had sex with the woman. And she had injuries. For anyone to say this paves the way for him making a return to French politics and a possible shot at the French presidency is an abomination. Other women have come forth and said he attacked them. He cheats on his wife. He was in a sex scandal last year, and Nicolas Sarkozy surely had a file on him that would have been used if they were opponents in the presidential election.

The guy’s a predator, and now he knows he can get away with it. That makes him dangerous.

The case against DSK

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, is still in jail. A judge refused to release him on bail, saying he posed a flight risk.

This is remarkable. Here’s one of the most powerful people on the planet, and he can’t get past a New York City judge. They even did a perp walk before the news cameras.

If he’s guilty of what he’s charged with did, this should restore people’s faith in the judicial system. The powerful guy didn’t get away with it. And, as expected, the reports are now coming out that what he’s accused of shouldn’t come as a surprise to people who were paying attention to him.

The lawyer for a 31-year-old novelist, Tristane Banon, said Monday that she was likely to file a criminal complaint in coming days accusing Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her nine years ago. Banon first made a public accusation against Strauss-Kahn in a 2007 French television interview, saying he wrenched open her bra and tried to unbutton her jeans during an attempt to rape her.

Banon’s attorney said that she had been dissuaded from filing charges by her mother, a member of a regional council who belongs to Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist party. Lawyer David Koubbi told French radio RTL that Banon now “knows she’ll be taken seriously.”

News reports all around the world imply he probably has done this before numerous other times. This in itself is troubling if powerful people knew they were putting a potential sex offender in a position of global importance. Rumors are that Nicolas Sarkozy, the current president of France, had a file on Strauss-Kahn, who was expected to be his opponent in the next French presidential election. The conspiracy theorists first reaction to these charges was that Strauss-Kahn had been set up by Sarkozy.

I don’t think that’s the case. This just seems, if anything, like a situation where an extremely powerful man was convinced he could get away with anything he wanted. Now, if he is guilty, it’s a matter of seeing how much he really can get away with.