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Strauss-Kahn indicted by grand jury, is granted $1 million cash bail

Strauss-Kahn must also be monitored, hand in his passports, and post another $5 million bond. Prosecutors, who opposed the deal, said a grand jury indicted him on seven counts.

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“I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me,” he wrote.

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At the hearing, prosecutors maintained their case was growing stronger and that the forensic evidence would help them prove their case.

Outside lawyers say it’s normal for individuals accused of sexual assault to have some kind of bail set.

“It’s a serious crime obviously, but in the overwhelming majority of cases a judge will set some kind of bail,” says Alan Kaufman, a former federal prosecutor, now a partner at the New York law firm Kelley Drye & Warren. “He is entitled to some bail but the purpose is to assure he appears in court when he is required to.”

For example, after Kobe Bryant was accused of sexual assault in July of 2003, he was released on $25,000 bail. Those charges were ultimately dropped in 2004.

It will still be some time until Strauss-Kahn’s case actually goes to trial.

“Unless there is a plea nothing happens within six months and a year,” says James Cohen, associate professor of law at Fordham University in New York. “The prosecution will be finishing up all the forensics – only on ‘CSI’ do they give you a phone call after it’s finished – and will be re-interviewing witnesses.”

The defense will spend a lot of effort researching the background of the housekeeper who is alleging the assault, says Mr. Cohen.

“They will make it look like she’s lying, they will put her through a lot,” he says.

The housekeeper has apparently already hired her own lawyer who may file a civil lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point one of her representatives reached out to see what kind of numbers are on the table,” says Cohen. If the sum were large enough, he says, then the housekeeper might suddenly decide that it was all some misunderstanding. “It sounds sinister, but money can do that,” he says.

After the Bryant case was dropped, he settled a civil suit that was filed by the complainant.

If the hotel housekeeper does sue Strauss-Kahn, the civil lawsuit can be used in the criminal defense to potentially impugn the alleged victim’s motive. However, Cohen says, if Strauss-Kahn did commit the crime, “she deserves a sizeable sum of money.”


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