Monday, June 27, 2011

This Is DSK's Defense?

NYT is reporting an apparent defense by former IMF chief Dominique Straus-Kahn's team of lawyers will be that DSK's demeanor less, than an hour after a hotel maid claims he sexually molested her, was calm. Get a load of this:
The lunch that Saturday afternoon [with is daughter, in a wood-paneled seafood restaurant eight blocks from his hotel, began less than an hour after what prosecutors have charged was his sexual attack on a 32-year-old Guinean housekeeper who came to clean his suite. The account of the meal — its timing, its description and the events that immediately preceded it — is based on interviews with people briefed on an investigation undertaken on behalf of Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers...

The lunch, which lasted about 90 minutes, one of Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers said at his bail hearing, could figure prominently in the case, which has already cost him his post as the managing director of the International Monetary Fund and his status as a leading contender for the French presidency.

Indeed, if one of several security cameras visible in the large restaurant captured the pair, the images of father and daughter in McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, less than an hour after the encounter with the housekeeper, could serve as powerful circumstantial evidence. It could bolster the defense case if they laugh or appear to share a leisurely meal; it could support the prosecution if it shows the 62-year-old white-haired Frenchman looking distracted or upset.
Of course, if DSK has a calm demeanor, it could just mean he is a total psychopath. If this is the best that DSK's defense team can come up with for a defense, if this is what they are leaking to NYT this is no dream team. This will be much more than a dream for DSK, it will be a nightmare.

1 comment:

  1. A powerful man used to getting his way in everything he wants displaying a calm demeanor after attacking a "commoner" would not really be terribly convincing evidence.

    It might be just enough to give a jury that has been bought enough of an excuse to say there was reasonable doubt though.