International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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    • International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

      Dominique Strauss-Kahn's womanizing has been well known and an open secret in Paris for years but yesterday, as news of his arrest spread worldwide, he was accused of another sex attack against a young author.

      Who is Dominique Strauss-Kahn (often referred to in the media as DSK)?

      DSK is a French economist, lawyer, and politician, and a member of the Socialist Party of France. DSK
      became the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 28 September 2007, with the backing of his country's president, Nicolas Sarkozy.

      He is a full professor of economics at the Paris Institute for Political Studies and also was Economy and Finance Minister from 1997 to 1999 as part of Lionel Jospin's "Plural Left" government.

      He belongs to the right wing of the PS (which is on the center-left of French politics) and sought the nomination in the primaries to the Socialist presidential candidacy for the 2007 election, but he was defeated by Ségolène Royal in November 2006 and to this day is a major participant in French politics.

      Yesterday, DSK was arrested in New York City and charged with sexual assault upon, forcible confinement of, and attempted rape of a maid who was cleaning his hotel room. He was refused bail and held on remand until May 20. He denied all charges, and pleaded "not guilty".

      France is in a state of total shock from this. They all mostly say that DSK should do time for the crime if found guilty. But an interesting debate is going on pointing out that the American prosecutors are charging DSK many many times for the same crime giving examples that the prosecutors are charging DSK with are:

      - Two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree
      - One count of attempted rape in the first degree
      - One count of sexual abuse in the first degree
      - One count of unlawful imprisonment in the second degree
      - One count of forcible touching and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree.
      - More to come

      The top charge of criminal sexual act carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said and if all the charges stick, a grand total of 74 years in prison would await DSK.

      Personally, I think he deserves a minimum of 10 years if proven guilty for this most shameful despicable stupidity. But I think the multiple charges is a bit exaggerated and excessive.

      What stops them from adding more such as "- One count of having intentions of forced sex or - One count of unsolicited touching....

      Anyone can see this was attempted rape and he should be charged accordingly.

      To smear a ton of charges with the hopes one sticks really does not do anyone justice especially when it is done out of spite for vengeance instead of proper impartiality. :/

      What do you think?
    • Borg wrote:

      - Two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree
      - One count of attempted rape in the first degree
      - One count of sexual abuse in the first degree
      - One count of unlawful imprisonment in the second degree
      - One count of forcible touching and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree.
      - More to come

      To smear a ton of charges with the hopes one sticks really does not do anyone justice especially when it is done out of spite for vengeance instead of proper impartiality. :/
      The third degree sexual abuse is sexual contact without consent and the first degree is the same except the defender also causes serious injury (cited from Iowa state laws). It is likely that if the jury don't find that the injury caused was serious enough then in the alternative the third degree might apply. For the unlawful imprisonment that suggests that the maid was locked in his room against her will therefore that charge should be there. Similarly for the other charges I am of the opinion that a jury would not be able to find DSK guilty on all charges and would likely be directed by the judge on that.

      The prosecutor will need to cover every angle. How bad would it look if DSK walked out of the court because, even though he sexually abused her, he did not seriously injure her to qualify the charge of first degree? There would be a public disgust and public confidence in the legal system would decrease and the case would be branded as allowing a celebrity lawyer to go free. I also think this amount of charges in these facts is normal. The prosecutor might not be confident enough of a full blown rape charge but knows he can secure at least a sexual abuse charge. It doesn't make it unfair on DSK either. He only needs to persuade the jury that there was no sexual abuse (or she consented) and all but one of the charges would likely be dropped.
    • French justice is very different from US justice.

      French justice won't judge on 6, 7 or 8 charges like it is done in USA. It will only judge the most serious charge.
      For exemple, if someone rape a woman and then kill her, he will be judged only for the murder.
      Another exemple : if someone kills 10 people, he will be judged only for murder, he won't be judged ten times for 1 murder, and won't be jailed for 10 times 80 years like we can see sometimes in USA, his sentence will be "prison for entire life".

      The issue of DSK's affair show us how strange can sometimes be US laws. He won't be judged because it was prooved that Natifalo was a lier....about his life, but not about what happened in this room !! That can't happen in France.
    • If someone commits a crime, and in committing the crime, commits additional crimes, they should be charged with each individual crime. If someone breaks into my house and then steals from me, they should be charged with breaking and entering, and charged with theft. If they then fence the goods, they should be charged with whatever that crime is (dealing in stolen property?), if they steal a car to do it, then that is a crime also.

      Dead set - this bloke sounds like he should have the book thrown at him, and he should be jailed, de-nutted, hung, drawn quartered, and then the punishment should really start. IF he is found guilty. (Note the IF there.)