Source: DA to Drop Charges Against DSK

He could go free Tuesday; accuser feels 'abandoned'

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2011 5:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Prosecutors will ask a judge to drop all criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a court hearing on Tuesday, which could allow him to go free immediately, a source tells the New York Post. The Manhattan DA will seek dismissal because Nafissatou Diallo, the maid accusing Strauss-Kahn of rape, faces credibility problems and cannot convince a jury of his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The move for dismissal would likely be approved on the spot.

"When it's the DA asking for dismissal, it's never denied," says one veteran defense lawyer. Lawyers for Diallo expect prosecutors to tell her tomorrow that some or all charges against Strauss-Kahn are being dropped, the Daily Beast reports. Diallo, described as "depressed" by her lawyer and feeling "abandoned by the Manhattan district attorney," will still pursue her civil suit against Strauss-Kahn, the AP adds.

In this May 19, 2011 file photo, former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens to proceedings in his case in New York state Supreme Court, in New York.
In this May 19, 2011 file photo, former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens to proceedings in his case in New York state Supreme Court, in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool, File)
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