It had started the right way but it fizzled fast when prosecutor Cyrus Vance, Jr. turned against Nafissatou Diallo practically from the start, as her lawyers revealed. The NYPD
and assorted specialists did a great job in providing the help and comfort she needed but the Manhattan District Attorney's Office did not hesitate to feed to the public false and devastating 'information' beneficial to Strauss-Kahn. It was with horror that Dulles NOW activists realized that Mr. Vance was turning Ms. Diallo into the guilty party after having stated we were proud of the manner in which the DA had handled the assault.
Ignoring the 'mountain of evidence' provided, the forensic and medical records and the testimonies under oath, Vance asked Judge Michael J. Obus to dismiss the case, citing 'credibility issues' totally unrelated to the case in a clear attempt to not only kill the criminal case but the pending civil one as well.
Justice would have been better served had Mr. Vance, a staunch Democrat, stepped aside rather than demonstrate an inability, or an unwillingness, to stand up to the powerful - if corrupt - international brigade bent on rescuing their pathetic champion. In doing so, the DA dealt a severe and shameful blow to the rights so many women fought so hard and so long to advance, an action he must forever be stained with. Such was social democracy at work in America.
Vance's French social democrat soul mates were, of course, ecstatic. The violent criticism of the US judicial system had died to be replaced with high praise now that it had gone in the direction they wanted. A beaming Martine Aubry, the usually dour-looking Socialist Party chief and presidential candidate, radiated happiness as did Party rival Segolene Royal, also a 2012 presidential wannabe.
The mostly male French press nearly unanimously crowed how their 'Grand Seducteur' had been 'blanchi' and therefore 'innocent', apparently ignorant of the fact that dropping charges is just dropping charges and that claiming the Fifth as Strauss-Kahn did is but a democratic courtesy the Constitution extends to a majority of scoundrels. Yet, in spite of the triumphant and bizarre pro-Strauss-Kahn political and media carnival, 80% of the French population reportedly did not applaud, wishing him out of politics instead.
A civil suit against Strauss-Kahn is ongoing. Ms. Diallo's lawyers are vigorously fighting for the rights prosecutor Vance denied: the right to be heard in a court of law, to present evidence, to call sworn witnesses in, to have both sides cross-examined and to be judged by a jury.
Until then, the DullesNOW Executive Committee firmly believes, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a violent and dangerous sexual predator, a recidivist who assaulted and raped the very brave and formidable Nafissatou Diallo.
Strauss-Kahn must be tried.