Were There 'Irregularities' in Strauss-Kahn Arrest?

He's due in court today for arraignment on attempted rape charges
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2011 1:18 AM CDT
Defense Source Hits 'Irregularities' in Strauss-Kahn Arrest
Attorney for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Benjamin Brafman, after a meeting with his client.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

(Newser) – A defense source is claiming "irregularities" in the arrest of former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn just as he's to be arraigned today on charges that he sexually assaulted a Manhattan hotel maid. The source hinted at the possibility that local cops illegally intercepted a telephone call because they believed he was a flight risk. "The conditions of Mr. Strauss-Kahn's arrest pose a problem," the source told a French newspaper. "It appears the prosecutor glossed a little fast over the question of his personal status, and his computer and telephones. They had the IMF director arrested like a chicken thief. To justify it, they brought up" the risk of flight, "but the plane was booked some time ago," the source added.

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Defense lawyers will officially demand all evidence and witness accounts that prosecutors have gathered in the case today. They've already complained about pre-trial leaks of some of the information to media outlets. "Our client's right to a fair trial is being compromised by the public disclosure of prejudicial material even before these materials have been disclosed to counsel," Strauss-Kahn's attorneys said in a letter to the judge presiding over the case. Strauss-Kahn is cooling his heels under house arrest in a $50,000 a month Manhattan townhouse while he awaits trial. (Read more Manhattan stories.)

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