So, now that Dominique Strauss-Kahn's life, career, reputation, dignity and presumably marriage have been completely destroyed; and now that the world and particularly France has spent considerably more hours and anguish contemplating the perversity of French sexual mores than it has, say, considering the hearings of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, it seems the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is collapsing.
Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials said.
Senior prosecutors met with lawyers for Mr. Strauss-Kahn on Thursday and provided details about their findings, and the parties are discussing whether to dismiss the felony charges. Among the discoveries, one of the officials said, are issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.
We have two possibilities. One: DSK was the victim of a scamming petty criminal or a complex plot, just as his defenders (who we excoriated) suggested from the first; and New York City's finest overzealous prosecutors rushed right into the trap, followed lemming-like by the baying, bloodthirsty international media--in response to which the words, "Goodness, our apologies Mr. Strauss-Kahn, we hope you'll find your next stay in Manhattan more enjoyable" really don't seem adequate.
Or two, he's guilty as Original Sin but still rich and powerful, and thus his expensive lawyers have managed so completely to smear and discredit the chambermaid he raped that he's going to get away with it, which really doesn't seem adequate.
Neither hypothesis illumes our justice system in a halo, and I can't think of a third.