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Alleged Sexual Assault Victim in Strauss-Kahn Case May Be Lying

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Strauss-Kahn Accuser May Be Falsifying Her Story

By Attorney Elisabeth Pasqualini, Criminal Law Division Leader, Harrisburg, PA

Former IMF boss freed after doubt cast on aspects of alleged victim's account, while her lawyer gives graphic description

In extraordinary scenes outside a Manhattan courtroom, the lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged victim promised the maid would take her cause to the press amid fears that prosecutors might be preparing to drop the case.

Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, was freed from house arrest and had his bail dropped, as it emerged that investigators had discovered his accuser, a 32-year-old Guinean-born maid, had lied about a previous rape claim.

They also uncovered evidence that appeared to cast doubt on key elements of her account, and seemed likely to do deep damage to her credibility as a witness.

In many cases of alleged sexual assault, there are three primary sources of evidence.  Physical (hair, blood, semen, saliva), suspect confessions or admissions and consistent and credible witness testimony.  In this case, there is no physical evidence or confessions/partial admissions that tie Strauss-Kahn to the case.  Rather, this case is solely reliant on victim testimony about what occurred.  A typical "he said-she said" case.  Any evidence that tends to cast her credibility into doubt may be reasonably relied upon by the defense to exonerate Strauss-Kahn.

If you have been charged or are being investigated by the police for a sexual assault, contact an attorney immediately.  Do not speak to the police without one!  Call Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC toll free or email us to speak to an attorney right away.

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