Saturday, August 27, 2011

Oh, So You Say You Got Raped?

Oh, So You Say You Got Raped?

Well, tough shit! As you can see from the Dominique Strauss-Khan case, nothing really matters when you're the President of the International Monetary Fund. Go ahead and rape everyone. No one will ever do shit to you...
US prosecutors have confirmed they have asked a judge to dismiss all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former French presidential hopeful accused of attempting to rape a hotel maid.

The move brings to a controversial end one of the biggest sex scandals in decades. Strauss-Kahn is expected in court on Tuesday, where he will be told he is a free man and will be allowed to leave the country for the first time since his arrest in May on charges that he attempted to rape hotel worker Nafissatou Diallo.

In court papers filed on Monday, Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance said: "The nature and number of the complainant's falsehoods leave us unable to credit her version of events beyond a reasonable doubt, whatever the truth may be about the encounter between the complainant and the defendant.

"If we do not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so."
Diallo's lawyer, Ken Thompson, attacked the decision: "The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, has denied the right of a woman to get justice in a rape case," he said. "He has not only turned his back on this victim but he has also turned his back on the forensic, medical and other physical evidence in this case. If the Manhattan district attorney, who is elected to protect our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our wives and our loved ones, is not going to stand up for them when they're raped or sexually assaulted, who will?"

Diallo and her lawyers met the district attorney's team on Monday afternoon. Thompson said the meeting lasted 30 seconds and that prosecutors told Diallo the case was being dismissed because she had repeatedly lied to them. He called the meeting "disrespectful".

Protesters held a demonstration in support of Diallo outside Vance's office and demanded that he step down.

Earlier in the day Thompson had made a last-ditch effort to save the prosecution by having the district attorney removed from the case before he could request its dismissal.

Vance's office initially gave unqualified backing to Diallo, calling her statement "a compelling and unwavering story".

Her story appeared to be backed by forensic evidence; his semen was found on her uniform and the carpet of the room where the incident took place. While Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have never denied a sexual encounter took place, Diallo's credibility came under fire as it emerged she had lied to officials on numerous occasions, including to immigration officials about claims that she had been gang raped in Guinea, her home country.

As credibility issues surfaced, Diallo's lawyers clashed with Vance's office and fought their case in public. Diallo filed a civil lawsuit against the former IMF boss on 8 August, a move that legal experts said made Vance's position even more difficult.
Pierre Hourcade, a French attorney who is also admitted to practice law in New York, said: "Dismissal does not mean he is innocent, simply that the district attorney doesn't believe the case can go to trial."

He said some people in France were surprised that the US authorities prosecuted the case so vigorously initially, only to cool on the case equally as fast. "It's not that he doesn't believe her, it's that he doesn't believe her to be a good victim. That's the way that the American system is built," he said.

Defence lawyer Ron Kuby said Vance mishandled the case from the start: "This case could be used as a text book for what not to do," he said. Kuby said Vance had been too quick to bring charges, had made statements that were "far in advance of the evidence" and "rushed ahead to indict him when they didn't have to".

Stuart Slotnick, a white collar crime expert at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and a former Federal prosecutor, defended Vance. "This is the same DA's office that prosecutes people who rape prostitutes. Those are very difficult cases to bring," he said.
He said it was clear that she had lied to the prosecutors on numerous occasions and that they no longer felt they could trust her.

"These are the people with the greatest access to evidence, to the complainant, and they don't believe in the case," he said. "A prosecutor should not prosecute a case that they don't believe in."
Read it all! Read all of that bullshit! This is fucking disgusting news to hear no matter how scummy of a person you are.

Well now, we can't prove you were raped in Guinea, so we're gonna toss out the DNA evidence, the forensics, the other witness statements and the fact that Dominique Strauss-Khan himself admitted to having relations with this girl. Sorry, but you're just not a good victim. Enjoy your imminent deportation process.

Fucking shit. Dominique Strauss-Khan, who will be referred to as DSK for the purpose of not having to mention his full name again, is such an asshole piece of shit. I mean, just look at this shit again:
Stuart Slotnick, a white collar crime expert at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and a former Federal prosecutor, defended Vance. "This is the same DA's office that prosecutes people who rape prostitutes. Those are very difficult cases to bring," he said.
It's just so easy to spin the narrative to make DSK the victim here when you have the capital to back it up. It just ends up being a case of the poor black girl trying to get rich. It seems that we're actually going with the "You can't be raped if you're an immigrant" stance as official U.S. policy now.

And you know what, it's official. He actually got away with it. Being rich in America is like living as a god. Imagine the power to do anything you fucking want and get away with it. That's the power of being rich. The richer you are the more you can get away with.

It's cool that when you become ultra wealthy, getting caught raping someone is like getting caught speeding or getting a parking ticket. Clearly America is awe inspiring. "Oh, you only raped one of these peasants? That's fine. But twitter about stealing money from the business class or potentially stealing money from the rich people? Enjoy spending four years in jails, you fuck face!

I'm just wondering how rich you need to be in order to eat someone's heart while a crowd watches. Maybe Steve Jobs could get away with that. In fact, I'm pretty sure that people would cheer as you take someone's organs to replace the cancer ridden ones in your system.

But hey, maybe if this victim were more were more credible.... Maybe it's her fault she's not white or rich? I think everyone is forgetting the lifelong damage to this man's reputation caused by this non-rich person. I mean, has anyone considered this fact and HEY, it's INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN "GUILTY" not guilty until provahsajfhdskdjlhfakhadkjlfaksljdhakjfd Ugh. Fuck this noise.

It's not like Her story appeared to be backed by forensic evidence; his semen was found on her uniform and the carpet of the room where the incident took place. While Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have never denied a sexual encounter took place..

But hey, the only firsthand account we have is the maids and we know she can't be trusted. A poor black woman being taken at her word? Something clearly is amiss. Even if DSK said he forced her to suck his dick, he just said it was consensual and she didn't. I mean, maybe she shouldn't have worn that maid outfit.

He is, after all, being accused by another woman also. And I hope Ms. Diallo takes him to civil court. Unfortunately in that situation that will further fuel the "she's lying because she's a money grubbing whore" crowd.

But hey, as this news article points out. Strauss-Kahn paid a heavy price" according to his defense attorney, "the momentary lapse of judgment was not criminal... "
Strauss-Kahn may also take legal action of his own against Diallo, said Brafman. He could file his own claims to counter Diallo's lawsuit, "and that's certainly a consideration," Brafman told The Associated Press in an interview. "Because she did lie, and he has suffered enormous damages as a result of those lies."

While Diallo's account of the encounter has been recounted in interviews, her lawsuit and the now-defunct prosecution, Strauss-Kahn doesn't want to detail his version of what happened at the luxurious hotel, Brafman said.

"What happened in that room, so long as we have now confirmed that it wasn't criminal, is really not something that needs to be discussed publicly," he said.

Strauss-Kahn appeared resolute at the hearing. He smiled and shook hands with his biographer as his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair, sat nearby. The couple left court without speaking to reporters, but Strauss-Kahn later issued a statement describing the case as "a nightmare for me and my family."

"I want to thank all the friends in France and in the United States who have believed in my innocence, and to the thousands of people who sent us their support personally and in writing," the statement said. "I am most deeply grateful to my wife and family who have gone through this ordeal with me."
In other news, Jamie Leigh Jones is getting sued for $2 million dollars.

Fuuuuuuck. Reading the lawsuit makes me angry

Maybe I should be happy with this. Maybe I do prefer the honesty that the world is a terrible and unfair place as opposed to a months/year long trail where sharp lawyering gets him off anyway.

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