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Published on: July 1, 2011 11:03 AM
Last updated on: July 1, 2011 12:23 PM
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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, right, is represented by his attorneys Benjamin Brafman, center, and William Taylor in New York State Supreme Court Friday, July 1, 2011 in New York. A judge has agreed to free Strauss-Kahn without bail or home confinement in the assault case against him. The criminal case against him stands. (AP Photo/Todd Heisler, Pool)Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, right, is represented by his attorneys Benjamin Brafman, center, and William Taylor in New York State Supreme Court Friday, July 1, 2011 in New York. A judge has agreed to free Strauss-Kahn without bail or home confinement in the assault case against him. The criminal case against him stands. (AP Photo/Todd Heisler, Pool)

New York -  Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn walked out of court free on bail Friday after prosecutors said an extensive background investigation of the hotel housekeeper gave them pause.

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Strauss-Kahn had been under pricey house arrest for weeks in a ritzy Manhattan loft on $6 million in cash and bond. The charges, which include attempted rape, have not been reduced, but the move signals that prosecutors do not believe the accusations are as ironclad as they once seemed.

“It is a great relief,” said Strauss-Kahn’s attorney, William Taylor, adding that the case underscores “how easy it is for people to be charged with serious crimes and for there to be a rush to judgment.”

“It is so important in this country that people, especially the media, refrain from judgment until the facts are all in,” he said.

The accuser’s attorney did not back down on the seriousness of the charges.

He referred to media reports that his client was involved with a drug dealer, calling them lies.

Strauss-Kahn arrived at the courthouse Friday morning in a Lexus SUV and strode confidently up the granite steps with his wife, French journalist Anne Sinclair, at his side. He wore a dark gray suit, and she a white jacket.

After the hearing, he walked slowly out of the courthouse with his arm on her shoulder, smiling slightly at the throng gathered outside.

His passport remained surrendered, and he will not yet be allowed to leave the country. His other attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said Strauss-Kahn would be free to travel within the United States.


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 Jul 01, 2011 at 11:18 AM shooki Says:

Wow. But I'm afraid his career is over anyway, even if he won't be found guilty.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 11:24 AM shaya1011 Says:

he should go back were he came from money buys allot of things

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 11:32 AM njmom Says:

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shooki Says:

Wow. But I'm afraid his career is over anyway, even if he won't be found guilty.

i think if it's found that he was falsely accused - his opponents' political career is over, not his.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 11:32 AM rebchuna Says:

Amazing how a career can fall in one swoop

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 11:38 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
shooki Says:

Wow. But I'm afraid his career is over anyway, even if he won't be found guilty.

And lets hope it will also be the end of the Manhattan's DA career and all officials who rushed to convict him, shame on them!

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 11:56 AM CommonSense Says:

The American Justice system needs to be retooled.
The whole concept of innocent until proven guilty is a shame. The Perp walk of shame needs to be eliminated.
We've become like a bunch of savages fed by the likes of the New York Post...

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 12:01 PM KevinTheMevin Says:

Its hard to know what happened, because on the one hand he has enough money to manipulate and hush people up, on the other hand it's also quite possible that he was stitched up by the accuser, either way as a society we are way too quick to judge people.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 12:09 PM Beckford Says:

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Anonymous Says:

And lets hope it will also be the end of the Manhattan's DA career and all officials who rushed to convict him, shame on them!

“ And lets hope it will also be the end of the Manhattan's DA career and all officials who rushed to convict him, shame on them! ”

The DA has not and cannot "convict" anyone. That is the job of he trial judge and the jury.

When are you guys going to stop making fools of yourselves?

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 12:13 PM torontonian Says:

Once all facts are known Cyrus Vance Jr., New York County District Attorney, the son of Cyrus Vance, who served as Secretary of the Army under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and Deputy Secretary of Defense under President Johnson, then Secretary of State to President Jimmy Carter.
should be put to task.

His overzealous prosecution of a case that appears to be without merit, was more likely motivated by political ambition rather than proper investigative conduct. While Strauss-Kahn is no Tzaddik, Cyrus Vance Jr irresponsible conduct, has blemished and ruined the reputation of what appears to be an innocent man.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 12:45 PM yakny Says:

Whatever the case was it won'thelp him politicallyy, question is if he'll serve a prison sentence, A new york governor was forced out because of committing what he did

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 12:50 PM Set Up Says:

One wonders why this pro-Israel candidate for prime minister of France was warned, before he left, to be very careful with regard to his philandering ways, and that the U.S. system will be very strict. Was he set up? Did so many of us, even people in our community, rush to judgement, feeding on the salacious rumors fed to us by media, perhaps from leaks from the prosecutor's office? Why didn't we be "dan le'kaf zechus," and why won't be anonymous posters here be "dan le'kaf zechus," a fellow Yid (who is admittedly a mummar l'tei'avon, similar to the prototypical person discussed in the first pages of Chullin, which we are learning in Daf Yomi this week)?

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 12:55 PM Grumpy Says:

Remarkable! Ben Brafman could $10,000 an hour, and it would be worth every penny.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 01:06 PM Henshe Says:

Cyrus Vance Junior is a big LOSER!

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 01:08 PM meshigener Says:

I smell a major lawsuit in the making against the DA, NYPD, NYC, and others.
Ben Braufman will bring the DA to his knees.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 01:37 PM BruceS Says:

Iy"h a mapolah to my ex's lies! Down with the DA!

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 01:56 PM Reb Yid Says:

It's interesting...you can't punish someone without proving your case beyond a reasonable doubt, and rightfully so, but you can make someone's life a living hell and ruin him forever just based on he said/she said.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 02:26 PM ShmuelG Says:

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shooki Says:

Wow. But I'm afraid his career is over anyway, even if he won't be found guilty.

I wouldn't be so sure. Keep in mind, his voters are in France, where nobody is concerned with silly concepts of morality, common decency or even being normal.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 02:32 PM yoeli Says:

Reply to #8  
Beckford Says:

“ And lets hope it will also be the end of the Manhattan's DA career and all officials who rushed to convict him, shame on them! ”

The DA has not and cannot "convict" anyone. That is the job of he trial judge and the jury.

When are you guys going to stop making fools of yourselves?

The Manhattan DA came out to the press and said that "there is strong evidence that what she said is true and that anything that happened there was not consensual" He said this WITHOUT ANY PROVE !!! When will you stop making a fool of yourself ??

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 03:41 PM yoeli Says:

Reply to #8  
Beckford Says:

“ And lets hope it will also be the end of the Manhattan's DA career and all officials who rushed to convict him, shame on them! ”

The DA has not and cannot "convict" anyone. That is the job of he trial judge and the jury.

When are you guys going to stop making fools of yourselves?

Why do you have to take every word in a literal sense ?? I know and every one knows the DA can not convict, but if ul watch the DA's press conference 2 months ago ul see how he accuses DSK when there was no prove at all!! Thats why the talking heads are now calling out the DA for a botched indictment.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 04:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
meshigener Says:

I smell a major lawsuit in the making against the DA, NYPD, NYC, and others.
Ben Braufman will bring the DA to his knees.

Braufman will not sue the DA...he has said that he DA acted responsibly in immediately notifying the defense of the information that indicated the alleged victim was lying. Braufman's partner's wife also conincidentally works for Vance in the DA's office.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 05:38 PM bigwheeel Says:

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shaya1011 Says:

he should go back were he came from money buys allot of things

Mainly great lawyers.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 05:42 PM shooki Says:

Its crazy how a woman could just make up a Story about someone and have him locked up for years, and always be a winner. This system calls for immeiate change.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 05:50 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #11  
Set Up Says:

One wonders why this pro-Israel candidate for prime minister of France was warned, before he left, to be very careful with regard to his philandering ways, and that the U.S. system will be very strict. Was he set up? Did so many of us, even people in our community, rush to judgement, feeding on the salacious rumors fed to us by media, perhaps from leaks from the prosecutor's office? Why didn't we be "dan le'kaf zechus," and why won't be anonymous posters here be "dan le'kaf zechus," a fellow Yid (who is admittedly a mummar l'tei'avon, similar to the prototypical person discussed in the first pages of Chullin, which we are learning in Daf Yomi this week)?

You are mixing apples, oranges and bananas and attempting to created a Kugel. Just for the record; Strauss-Kahn is not considered to be Jewish from a Halachic standpoint due to the fact that his Mother was not Jewish. But it has no relevance to the question of whether he is guilty or innocent of the charges. Please do not cite the Gemara in reference to a person of such low moral standing.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 06:21 PM Anonymous Says:

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bigwheeel Says:

You are mixing apples, oranges and bananas and attempting to created a Kugel. Just for the record; Strauss-Kahn is not considered to be Jewish from a Halachic standpoint due to the fact that his Mother was not Jewish. But it has no relevance to the question of whether he is guilty or innocent of the charges. Please do not cite the Gemara in reference to a person of such low moral standing.

Strauss-Kahn's father was born to an Alsatian Jewish father and a Catholic mother from Lorraine; Strauss-Kahn's mother is from a Sephardic Jewish family in Tunisia.
Mother is Jewish so by halacha he is Jewish.

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 Jul 03, 2011 at 11:20 AM The-Macher Says:

So he still consorted with a prutza and money changed hands. Nothing to be proud of even if this good for nothing framed her as she has apparently framed others.

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