Topic: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sexual assault cases rank among the most difficult to prosecute, as the one against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is demonstrating. Held under house arrest since being charged with sexual assault of a maid at a New York hotel, the French politician was released on his own recognizance Friday amid questions about his accuser’s credibility. The “he said, she said” nature of such cases is one complicating factor (as is getting victims to report sexual assaults in the first place). But so are prosecutorial zeal, power politics, personal troubles of accusers, and even false accusation. Here are five high-profile sex-crime cases that fell apart, in which one or more of those factors played a role.
07/01/2011 07:52 pm
The Atlanta Thrashers have been sold to a business group that intends to move the team to Winnipeg next season. The looming question is whether the move will set off a chain reaction.
05/31/2011 05:54 pm
Two Muslim men wearing traditional clothing were removed from a commercial flight departing Memphis on Friday. Airline apologizes, but gives no explanation for incident.
05/07/2011 06:18 pm
The law firm that congressional Republicans hired to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) drops out unexpectedly, though a top lawyer has quit the firm to stay on the case.
04/25/2011 06:27 pm
Some tea party lawmakers in the House helped to vote down Patriot Act provisions on Tuesday, out of concerns about civil liberties. Surprised, liberals applaud.
02/09/2011 05:37 pm
Local buses aren't running. Mail service is suspended. Even a salt truck crashed. What happens to a city of 5 million with eight snow plows? Break out Twitter and the 'Star Wars' figurines!
01/11/2011 02:09 pm
Atlanta reported more than 1,000 accidents as freezing rain coated roadways Wednesday night. The ice storm is another chapter in the South's strangely cold start to winter.
12/16/2010 01:08 pm
Quarterback Michael Vick has won the starting job with the Philadelphia Eagles by changing who he is – both on and off the field – after spending 20 months in prison for dogfighting.
09/22/2010 07:45 pm
Bishop Eddie Long, one of the most powerful men in the black megachurch movement, faces allegations of taking sexual advantage of two teenage boys. In 2004, Long created a ministry to 'deliver' men from homosexuality.
09/22/2010 03:35 pm
Former US Rep. Nathan Deal is the GOP nominee for Georgia governor, after 'mama grizzly' Karen Handel concedes. Republican voter turnout was high, indicating an invigorated GOP base.
08/11/2010 02:16 pm