Dominique Strauss-Kahn

So this has been discussed a bit in the open thread but I think the WSJ has editorialised this issue quite nicely.

The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel cleaning woman in New York City is a personal humiliation for the French politician, but it is also a black mark on the International Monetary Fund that chose to overlook his previous sexual behavior. It will be fascinating to see how the grandees of French and international financial politics handle this one.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn is entitled to the presumption of innocence, and his attorney says he will plead not guilty. Some in the French press and even a French government minister are suggesting that the 62-year-old Socialist Party panjandrum may have been set up by his rivals. The charges are stunning enough—and French politics is strange enough—that we suppose anything is possible, but such a conspiracy would have to include a large number of players.

The facts of the case as reported by New York police so far do not look promising for the IMF managing director. The woman who entered to clean the Frenchman’s $3,000-a-night Sofitel suite at midday on Saturday reported the incident immediately. She told police that Mr. Strauss-Kahn emerged naked from the bathroom, pursued her down a hallway and pulled her into the bedroom. She escaped and he then chased her again and dragged her into a bathroom.

In other words, this is not a case in which misunderstandings about mutual consent are at issue. The charge is the unlawful imprisonment and attempted rape of a vulnerable hotel employee trying to do her job. Police also say that Mr. Strauss-Kahn fled the hotel in a rush, leaving behind his cellphone and other personal items. Police were impressed enough with the facts to take Mr. Strauss-Kahn from the first-class section of an Air France aircraft lest he leave U.S. jurisdiction.

These allegations are simply astonishing – Strauss-Kahn is entitled to the presumption of innocence and a fair trial but there very few explanations that could satisfy the allegations raised against him.

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102 Responses to Dominique Strauss-Kahn

  1. JC

    He is entitled to presumption of innocence in a court of law, but not public opinion.

    No cop is going to go after the head of the IMF in NYC without first checking it out with really high ups that reviewed the case and reached the conclusion he had a real case to answer. And frankly the conspiracy theory doesn’t wash here. George Bush being responsible for 911 would have more cred.

  2. Sinclair Davidson

    JC – let’s respect his rights in the first instance.

  3. THR

    As I read elsewhere, he (allegedly) did to the maid what the IMF have been doing to developing countries for years.

  4. C.L.

    Great work by the NYPD. Those dudes don’t give a rat’s bottom who they offend so it doesn’t surprise me that they stopped a jet-liner.

    Some in the French press and even a French government minister are suggesting that the 62-year-old Socialist Party panjandrum may have been set up by his rivals. The charges are stunning enough—and French politics is strange enough—that we suppose anything is possible, but such a conspiracy would have to include a large number of players.

    A month ago:

    Soros Event Boosts Gordon Brown to Head IMF.

    Obviously the maid is a Soros plant.

  5. Sinclair Davidson

    THR – that is a good observation. The Bretton Woods institutions should have been closed down when Bretton Woods collapsed.

  6. samuel j

    The allegations are amazing – and if true reflect a truly epic lack of judgement by a person who was touted as the likely next French president.

    He would then have enjoyed numerous acceptable liaisons with mistresses – yet he has thrown all of this away.

    The key message here is that he was a person with form in this area of human activity which should have ruled him out as a candidate. It is interesting that the IMF gave him a minor slap over the wrist for his “relationship” in 2008 with an IMF employee. Yet the seemingly relatively innocent Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank who got hounded out of office.

    Another key message is the culture of entitlement that some glorified public servants seem to accrue.

  7. samuel j

    I should add that if true, the allegations reflect the nature of socialism – an entitlement mentality. After all, Strauss-Kahn was a member of the Union of Communist Students (Union des étudiants communistes) and later as a Socialist.

  8. JC

    Yet the seemingly relatively innocent Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank who got hounded out of office.

    That was an incredible leftwing wolf attack.

  9. pete m

    And he had form.

    nice for the socialist to be spending his nights in a $3K hotel room – such struggle for the workers!

    given the evidnce to date, perhaps his lawyers will fall back on the diplomatic immunity defence?

  10. THR

    I should add that if true, the allegations reflect the nature of socialism

    LOL. An IMF ‘socialist’. I think if you strain that pea-sized cerebellum of yours, Sammy, you might be able to find plenty of private sector rapists. Those AFL/rugby/basketballers getting into trouble don’t appear to be communists as far as I can tell.

    Incidentally, it’s interesting that you’d choose to frame something like a violent rape as a mere ‘lack of judgement’, the alternative to which would have been liaisons with mistresses. In other words, you’ve written the most viciously stupid pro-rape nonsense ever seen on Catallaxy. Congrats.

  11. JC

    given the evidnce to date, perhaps his lawyers will fall back on the diplomatic immunity defence?

    I can’t Sarkozy demanding immunity as that’s where it would have to come from.

  12. JC

    Thr

    He’s a leading Figure French Socialist party!

  13. THR

    He’s a leading Figure French Socialist party!

    He’s no more a socialist than he is Napoleon Bonaparte. Possible less.

  14. C.L.

    Did a Google archive search for Dominique Strauss-Kahn + women.

    Monday, 20 October 2008:

    Just before the appointment was confirmed, a senior French journalist warned that “DSK” might be a liability at the IMF because of his reputation as an “insistent” womaniser. The Brussels correspondent of the newspaper, Libération, Jean Quatremer, wrote: “The only real problem with Strauss-Kahn is his attitude to women. Too insistent … he often borders on harassment.

    “The IMF is an international institution with Anglo-Saxon morals. One inappropriate gesture, one unfortunate comment, and there will be a media hue and cry.”

    Did you notice that last remark? Anglo-Saxon morals. Hue and cry. Which means, I guess, that we regard rape as illegal and will even pull bigshots off planes to charge them.

  15. C.L.

    Also from the archives, one year ago in the UK Telegraph:

    The leader French Socialist and former finance minister is considered perhaps the only politician in a position to beat President Nicolas Sarkozy should he run against him in elections in 2012. But according to the book – said to be written by a close female aide – his penchant for the opposite sex could knock him out of the race even before it starts.

    The book claims the 61-year-old Mr Strauss-Kahn – married to Anne Sinclair, a famous French TV presenter – has had a string of extra-marital affairs and that photographs exist of him coming out of a wife-swapping club.

    Frédéric Lefebvre, a Sarkozy adviser, boasted in 2007 that he had seen photographs of DSK, as the French call him that would wreck any presidential bid. “He wouldn’t last a week,” Mr Lefebvre said. “We’ll circulate them.” The book, Secrets of a Presidential Contender, is by an anonymous French author calling herself Cassandre, and who claims to be in DSK’s inner circle of advisers.

    She writes: “He is always on the hunt for new women.

    “He is a pleasure seeker. Like all great political animals, he has trouble controlling himself.

    RTWT.

  16. No Worries

    Two prior incidents involving DSK, wife-swapping, and now the Guardian says a 2002 case of rape is being reopened in France.

    I hope the “rutting chimpanzee” gets justice.

  17. the allegations reflect the nature of socialism

    Aren’t socialists also s’posed to be anti-sex fuddy duddies at the same time? Does that mean that Bill Clinton and Jack Kennedy were also socialists?

  18. No Worries

    Oh, I see CL beat me to it.

  19. PSC

    Those AFL/rugby/basketballers getting into trouble don’t appear to be communists as far as I can tell.

    Yeah, but I’ve been reading Catallaxy long enough that if it’s not communism then it has to be the fault of overbearing big government and Keynesian stimulus. Somehow.

  20. THR said “As I read elsewhere, he (allegedly) did to the maid what the IMF have been doing to developing countries for years”.

    Exactly, as I know from personal experience in Nigeria and PNG. PNG especially was always required to have lower deficit and debt ratios than the IMF’s top members, in our case debt less than 60% of GDP and deficits less than 3%, compare most of the Eurozone to whom DSK was today about to extend IMF largesse many times more generous (debt 130% of GDP, deficits 9% or more).

    For example, US deficit -9.9% of GDP, UK -9.1%. The IMF blokes who came to dictate our PNG budgets in 1992-1999 would have had heart attacks (or raped their hotel cleaners) if we had proposed such rates.

  21. JC

    PNG now has a reserve currency, Tim?

  22. papachango

    Just watched the French News on TF1 via SBS.
    Unsurprisingly they spoke about little else, and even had his party rival Ségolène Royal on the set. Every other political party head was interviewed and gave their two cents worth except, rather prudently, Sarkozy.
    The French Socialist party, normally very anti-American (both in the French cultural snobbery and the anti capitalist sense) are suddenly right into the US justice system and its presumption of innocence, which France does not have.
    The scary thing about all this is that, unless a blatant lie or setup is uncovered, it will most likely destroy DSK’s presidential bid, even if there’s not enough evidence to convict. That might not mean an election victory for Sarkozy or even someone else in the socialist party in next year’s election, as the front runner is currently Marine le Pen of the ‘extreme right’ Front National. She’s currently got 22%, Sarko 20%, DSK had about 20.5%, the other socialist candidates low teens or single digits.
    Probably just as shocking for your average Frenchman is the $3000 a night hotel room – with that and all the immigration issues from North Africa they’ll be lining up to vote far right

  23. JC

    Perhaps Sinclair is right. Let this play put in a court.

    Not sure if this story is legit as it sounds a little too cute to me unless there is corroborating evidence for the restaurant.

    Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn have proof the IMF chief was at a restaurant having lunch with his daughter at the time he was alleged to be sexually assaulting a hotel maid, France’s RMC radio reported on Monday.

    RMC said the lawyers had pieced together Strauss-Kahn’s movements and found that he left the hotel at midday, after paying his bill and handing in his key, then went to eat with his daughter and took a taxi to the airport.

  24. JC

    Can I ask something here.

    It seems to me that the evidence from this case so far is that a woman ran out of a hotel screaming that the occupant had made her give him oral sex. As far as i can tell that’s the gotcha.

    Perhaps there’s more that I haven’t read about and the cops have we haven’t seen.

    Is that all that’s required to get a dude off a plane and into to the poker charged with rape these days?

    Because if it is, it’s one worrying world.

  25. JC

    Pity TheSmokinggun.com doesn’t still have the rap sheet on him.

  26. C.L.

    Probably just as shocking for your average Frenchman is the $3000 a night hotel room…

    Not to mention $35,000 socialist suits (the kind you wear).

    Also at InstaPundit’s round-up:

    Worse than a “crazed sex poodle:” Past Victim: Strauss-Kahn Was a ‘Chimpanzee in Heat.’ If this is what the French consider a “Great Seducer,” well, that’s just sad.

    STILL MORE: Ron Paul on Strauss-Kahn’s arrest: ‘These are the kinds of people who are running the IMF.’

  27. JC

    Not to mention $35,000 socialist suits (the kind you wear).

    What a cheap Bastard. The two Russians, Vlad and Dimtri wear $75,000 Kitons.

  28. C.L.

    I had to look up what a Kiton was. They sound good. If I was rich, I’d get me some Kitons. (Shirts too).

  29. JC

    Yea.. it sounds like two Russian nogginheads are 90% of the firms sales by the sounds of things..LOL

    It’s a good deal if you’re rich enough, CL. They even send the head tailor out to fit you properly for two sittings.

  30. Gabrielle

    JC I’m sure I read that he fled l’hotel in a rush, leaving his personals behind in the room.

    If true, why would anyone do that? Not like airline food – even in first class – is that great.

  31. papachango

    Yep, left his mobile and other personal items in the room. Apparently the NYPD are looking to do forensic DNA testing

  32. JC

    Hi Gab

    Yea they said he left in a rush and left his vals behind… What if though he didn’t leave in a rush but left his stuff behind. Could happen too.

    I’m not defending him by the way.

    Just wondering this shit out loud. There have been tons of times I’ve been in a hotel room when the female maid walked in.. knocking first.. and she does her stuff while I was getting ready to leave etc.

    I’m just thinking out loud and the danger males could be in these days.

    Tell you what, if I was on a trip alone, I would now ask the counter for male only room service and clean up.

  33. JC

    Yep, left his mobile and other personal items in the room.

    That can happen papa. People do forget shit in a room, especially a room the size Mr. Socialist was using.

  34. JC

    Also .. yea forensics …

    It will show his DNA was in the room. Okay.

  35. Gabrielle

    Oh all right Mr Voice of Reason JC. Yeah I ‘spose this could just as easily have been a set-up. His history (as noted above) doesn’t do him any favours though. Like Assange, we’ll just have to wait and see.

  36. papachango

    if I was on a trip alone, I would now ask the counter for male only room service and clean up.

    Paranoid much JC?

    Though yes, weird shit happens in hotels. Just to put you off your plan; a mate of mine was in his bathrobe when the male houskeeper came in to make the bed. He left but then rang on the internal phone to ask if he wanetd to f…; repeated it three times.

  37. JC

    Gab

    This shot would be too hard to organize as a set up. That’s what my conspiratorially minded wifey suggested on our afternoon get JC fit walk.

    It would be almost impossible to do. You need the maid on side , get her a job at the hotel, have her on the same shit Mr. Socialiste (french) was there at the regular late morning room clean up. It could be done, but you’d need 1/2 the CIA trying to plan it all. It’s too hard.

    Something seems to have happened in the hotel room though.

    My real concern is that now every single male is at risk with the possibility that he get lifted from a plane and thrown into jail in he said , she said kinda thingi.

    I don;t give a shit about him… Just other males 🙂

  38. JC

    Paranoid much JC?

    Na not paranoid… I reckon men now have to be really careful. Men are seriously at a disadvantage on so much stuff these days.

  39. Gabrielle

    Wow. You went the full conspiracy route. Impressive.
    I meant as in the maid could be lying.

  40. JC

    oops Shot should be shit and shit should be shift.. 🙂

  41. JC

    Wow. You went the full conspiracy route. Impressive.

    Naaa… She just casually mentioned it could be a set up and then I anal(ysed) all for her with the above turning the whole thing into a bickering session because she said I always do that. This was made worse by my reply that silly ideas have no place no matter how shallowly they are thought out. Then the pouting began. Just normal female reaction to being brought down a peg or two, Gab. Nothing major.

  42. Gabrielle

    It’s not a silly idea. Why is it silly? If a group of people are hell-bent to frame someone – and they have the resources – they can and will do it.

    It’s quite plausible. I’m on Mrs JC’s side in this.

  43. JC

    It’s quite plausible. I’m on Mrs JC’s side in this.

    Of course you are.. It’s the sisterhood after all.

    It’s possible but highly implausible.

  44. Gabrielle

    I’m ignoring you now. JC.
    ……

    If you are a Greek electrician being asked to forego your (lavish) state-backed salary, you might be tempted to stick another tire on the roadblock after reading the details of how ‘lapin chaud’ was arrested. He was staying, it is claimed, in a $3000 a night suite at the Sofitel in Times Square, and he had a standing order with Air France that allowed him to stroll into the First Class cabin of any flight he fancied. It is said he paid for the hotel himself, but add these details to the pictures of him getting into a friend’s Porsche with his wife, and the news that he had a clutch of suits run up by Barack Obama’s not cheap tailor, and the picture that emerges is one of a politician and functionary who has a taste for the high life while holding a job that involves demanding great sacrifices of others.

    What this whole affair has highlighted is the excess-for-me, austerity-for-the-masses attitude of socialists. People had an inkling but this is really in your face stuff.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/benedictbrogan/100088131/what-will-the-greeks-make-of-3000-a-night-austerity-dsk-style/

  45. papachango

    Dunno if this is really a gender thing, but I’m with JC – would have been far too elaborate to set up. Among other things it would have meant the Frecnh cooperating with the Yanks, c’est pas du tout possible…

    of course it may be a case of the maid exaggerating

  46. Gabrielle

    but I’m with JC

    naturellement.

  47. JC

    What this whole affair has highlighted is the excess-for-me, austerity-for-the-masses attitude of socialists. People had an inkling but this is really in your face stuff.

    At this stage… at this stage .. I repeat because I don’t want to lesson the concern this allegation is real. That is the biggest part of the story so far.

  48. Gabrielle

    Yes I agree. The rape is an allegation, the hypocrisy has been proven.

  49. papachango

    no arguments for me there. As I said before, this will get people swinging to the far right.

  50. Michael Fisk

    Harry’s Place is, as always, right on the money.

    Let’s turn the clock back again to 2007 when Paul Wolfowitz was forced out of the directorship of the World Bank because his significant other was an employee of the same institution and had received a raise. Good God, the very idea that two World Bank employees were rolling around in the hay in the Garden of Eros after hours was just horrific and too much for the apparatchiks of the Governing Board of the World Bank.
    It was of course all window dressing to cover the fact that Wolfowitz’s great crime was he was an appointment by an unpopular US Administration. At worst, it was misogynist that the very idea that the very talented Shaha Riza did not earn her promotion based on merit but she got it because she was ’sleeping with the boss.’

    Riza had been an employee with the Bank since 1999 and who’s work had been praised by most quarters including Palestinian activists such as Sari Nusseibeh. Not only did Riza not report directly to Wolfowitz as an employee of the Bank but before taking the job at the Bank, Wolfowitz had disclosed his relationship with Riza. In essence it was a non issue

    But sexual harrassment is fine so long as the perpetrator is a “Socialist”.

  51. Oh come on

    There will be hotel CCTV footage a-plenty that will show exactly when he left his room. It will be a doddle to (dis)prove his alibi.

  52. JC

    Good point. I’m wondering though if his hot shot lawyer hasn’t thought of that?

    If there’s no legs to his alibi over the nest 24 hours, his lawyers screwed up.

  53. C.L.

    I can’t for the life of me understand why a lawyer would concoct an alibi of that kind in this CCTV age. Then you’ve got restaurant security, waiters, the Jack and Jill, the daughter being required to perjure herself, etc.

  54. Michael Fisk

    Anyway, the positive side to this is that the French Presidential elections will be contested by two relatively sane candidates, Sarkozy and the detoxified Marine Le Pen. Socialists will not be allowed to take part in the final round. Which is the way it ought to be.

  55. JC

    Then you’ve got restaurant security, waiters, the Jack and Jill, the daughter being required to perjure herself, etc.

    If the story comes out they went to a pokey diner on the westside, you know it’s bullshit and there’s no point hanging out for that alibi because Ms Socialiste wouldn’t be seen dead in a diner.

    As an aside I shook Bob Rubin’s hand picking up a coffee at Starbucks once. He didn’t know where the sugar was and his wife was getting really annoyed with him. We got talking because I worked with a couple of dudes from Goldies and he knew one of them.

  56. JC

    Socialists will not be allowed to take part in the final round. Which is the way it ought to be.

    Of course. That goes without saying. There should never be more than 15% support in any electorate for the left wing party such as ours. Anything higher suggests large scale psychosis in the community at large.

  57. Samuel J

    Why hasn’t the Executive Board already sacked him for bringing the organisation into disrepute? He was warned once in 2008 and there is no excuse to delay – surely they are not going to wait until finally he is convicted or released?

    The articles of association state (section 4 a):

    “… The Managing Director shall cease to hold office when the Executive Board so decides.”

    The executive board should immediately dismiss Strauss-Kahn. They have the power. They have the responsibility. There is no excuse for them not to act.

  58. Papachango

    JC the French have a huge entitlement mentality; they all think the government owes them a living. Something like 50% aspire to a public service job. Economically the ‘far right’ Front Nationale peddle the same handout / protectionist mentality ( just less so for Muslim immigrants) so my call is that Marine Le Pen will win.

  59. badm0f0

    The executive board should immediately dismiss Strauss-Kahn. They have the power. They have the responsibility. There is no excuse for them not to act.

    They would also place the organisation at risk of liability in the event the case against him failed.
    Dismissal merely on the basis of the allegation prior to any conviction would be a denial of natural justice & could potentially also be painted as prejudicial to future court proceedings.

    In the absence of overwhelming corroborating evidence it would be wiser for the IMF to “negotiate” DSK’s resignation. Of course plausible allegations of prior criminal behaviour give them much stronger grounds for immediate dismissal.

  60. Papachango

    I thought the normal procedure was immediate suspension on full pay pending the outcome if the allegation?

  61. FDB

    Of course plausible allegations of prior criminal behaviour give them much stronger grounds for immediate dismissal

    I thought the prior incident was merely adulterous, not criminal. Personally I think making moral/ethical linkages between a consensual affair and a rape is extremely distasteful.

    He should be presumed innocent, which means suspension from his appointment pending a verdict, as Papachango says.

  62. badm0f0

    I thought the prior incident was merely adulterous, not criminal. Personally I think making moral/ethical linkages between a consensual affair and a rape is extremely distasteful.

    That’s great but I made no such moral or ethical linkages, distasteful or otherwise. The allegations of assault by a French journalist do not seem to fall anywhere within the realm of consent.

  63. papachango

    I think he’s gone unless there’s a very quick and definitive finding of innocence.

    The Frogs have literally the same expression as us – Il n’y a jamais du fumé sans feu / where there’s smoke there’s fire.

    This is playing right into the hands of Marine le Pen. Incidentally, while all the politicians interviewed on TF1 regurgitated the presumption of innocence line, she was the only one who added that, if the cops saw fit to drag him off a plane, they must have a strong case.

  64. dover_beach

    “merely adulterous”

    Merely?

    Personally I think making moral/ethical linkages between a consensual affair and a rape is extremely distasteful.

    Why? They may not be the same but they often involve the victim feeling ‘abused’, etc.

  65. Andrew Reynolds

    Samuel J,
    There is no need for them to act. While he is locked up he is not capable of acting as the MD of the IMF. Effectively there is no need to act now.
    When (and if) he is released during this process I would expect that they will “ask” him to attend a board meeting. If he fails to show up or cannot give a really, really good explanation then they should sack him.
    To do it otherwise, and before any conviction or guilty plea, would not be a good thing.
    That said – if he had some personal judgement he might resign prior to this and “to allow him the time needed to defend himself” would be the usual formula of words. Then again if he had some personal judgement then he would probably not be in this position.

  66. JC

    He’s not being released Andrew as he was refused bail and the IMF has denied him immunity on the basis that he was there for personal reasons.

    The evidence seems pretty damming though.

  67. JC

    Wow. What a come down for Ms Socialiste. From 3,000 per night to Rikers Island.

    The “guests” at Rikers would torment him too.

    The chief of the International Monetary Fund is behind bars at Rikers Island after his arraignment on charges of trying to rape a maid in his Manhattan hotel room.

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a likely French presidential candidate and a married father of four whose reputation with women earned him the nickname “the great seducer,” was formally charged Monday in the alleged weekend assault.

  68. No Worries

    “great seducer” indeed. I thought part of seduction was to obtain some willingness in the object of your armours.

    Any future threads on this topic should include “rutting chimp” in the title.

  69. papachango

    I’m assuming “rutting chimp” is the best translation they can do of ‘chaud lapin’ – literally a hot rabbit.

  70. THR

    Anyway, the positive side to this is that the French Presidential elections will be contested by two relatively sane candidates, Sarkozy and the detoxified Marine Le Pen. Socialists will not be allowed to take part in the final round. Which is the way it ought to be.

    I’m surprised at the opposition here to DSK. His policies, and those of the IMF, are essentially Catallaxian economics. A ‘structural adjestment’ generally involves:

    – Massive slashes in public spending, including on vital public programs.
    – Privatisation of SOEs.
    – Reduced or abolished tariffs, and a push toward foreign investment, usually at the expense of national sovereignty.
    – Removal of subsidies.
    – Focus on comparative advantage (i.e. sidelining infant industries in favour of primary produce and minerals).

    With these measures in mind, I’m surprised that Catallaxy isn’t calling for the IMF to ‘structurally adjust’ Swan’s budget.

  71. JC

    THR

    Nobody likes the allegations made against him. It’s a little different.

  72. Michael Fisk

    DSK was going to reduce public spending in France? That’s news to me.

  73. .

    Massive slashes in public spending, including on vital public programs

    Oh yes those “vital” public programmes like the office for the status of women.

    – Focus on comparative advantage (i.e. sidelining infant industries in favour of primary produce and minerals).

    What is LNG mining, exactly?

  74. THR

    You missed the point entirely, dot. Some of the lynch mob above, notably Sammy J and Gab, were quick to ascribe DSK’s alleged sexual violence to his ‘socialist’ tendencies, when in fact he’s spent a lifetime implementing Catallaxian economic policy for a living. It’d be hard to find a more singular example of utter ignorance on a recent thread here, though I’m sure somebody will rise to the challenge soon.

  75. JC

    THR

    He did not spend a lifetime doing any such thing. The only time he ever tells nations to slash spending is when they show up to the IMF, cap in hand looking for cash

    Cutting spending is the only alternative as the fin markets won’t lend any money to dead beats.

  76. JC

    Anything can happen at the trial.
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Judge Has a History of Being Crazy

    Judge Melissa Jackson sent the IMF boss to Rikers Island due to her belief that he was a flight risk. Melissa Jackson was also the presiding judge when rapper Foxy Brown was prosecuted for violating her probation. At one point during her trial, she told a court officer to “hit her” , as she (Foxy Brown) was being handcuffed.

  77. The DSK affair is a human tragedy but borne more of financial stinginess than sex. In my 30+ years of experience working with heads of aid agencies, they all without exception expected to be able to charge all their living expenses to their employer, and did. That is why not one could ever manage to pay for a beer for a flunkey like me, because it would not have been chargeable to expenses. One of my bosses used to do very well by inviting only recently dead personages to his cocktails – they never showed, but were duly charged out at $50 a head.

    DSK could well have afforded to call for a call girl, available 24/7 in NYC (which is where the term originated), but not chargeable even to the IMF. Hence the chambermaid, she would be free of charge if she submitted.

    That is the human tragedy, too mean to pay.

  78. JC

    Tim

    Somehow I don’t quite see his circumstances as being tragic. If he is culpable of rape his circumstances are criminal, but not tragic.

    I see tragic like.. he walked out of the hotel room (not harming anyone) and then fell over and broke his neck in the NYC sidewalk

    That’s tragic but not what he has been alleged to have committed.

  79. coz

    phenomenally entitled, yeah, but what, me pay?

  80. I can’t help wondering what they eat in France to make DSK, at 62, feel like molesting a woman on the spur of the moment. I’d need 10 minutes notice, and even then only if it was her idea.

  81. Gabrielle

    Ah but you’re not French, David. 🙂

  82. JC

    Offal Dave. Lots and lots of Offal. Ever tried Cassoulet stuffed with animal organs? Disgusting and could turn anyone violent at a moments notice.

  83. Samuel J

    Sorry for a late response.

    I wrote earlier that the IMF should dismiss Strauss-Kahn. Responses to my post suggest that this shouldn’t occur until he has been found guilty of the charges.

    Yet most organisations will dismiss / suspend staff who are charged with a criminal offence irrespective of whether they are found guilty.

    If a staff member of the IMF had been charged with a serious criminal offence (like Strauss-Kahn) he or she would be instantly dismisses for bringing the organisation into disrepute. That is entirely reasonable and common.

    The ABC sacked Andy Muirhead from Collectors even though he still hasn’t been found guilty of the offences he has been charged with.

  84. C.L.

    French socialists go beserk:

    (Reuters) – French Socialist politicians voiced outrage on Tuesday at the parading of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn handcuffed and unshaven in the United States before he has a chance to defend himself on charges of attempted rape.

    Arrested on Saturday and charged with sexually assaulting a chambermaid at a luxury New York hotel, Strauss-Kahn was made by police to walk manacled in front of cameras on his way to a courthouse, and his appearance before a judge was televised.

    Former Culture Minister Jack Lang described the treatment of the Socialist presidential frontrunner — whose political career is now in tatters — as a “lynching” that had “provoked horror and aroused disgust.”

    The U.S. justice system, he said, was “politicized” and the judge appeared to have been determined to “make a Frenchman pay” by denying the head of the International Monetary Fund bail even though his lawyer had offered to post a $1 million bond.

    To many Americans, the handling of Strauss-Kahn reflected an egalitarian tradition that all crime suspects get the same treatment, regardless of their wealth or power.

    Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry denounced “degrading images” and said France was lucky to have a law on the presumption of innocence that bars media from showing defendants in handcuffs before they are convicted.

    Former Justice Minister Elisabeth Guigou, who drafted that law, called the pre-trial publicity “absolutely sickening.”

    “The power of these images of a Dominique Strauss-Kahn who hasn’t been allowed to shave, tired, and not dressed properly, all that offends human dignity,” she told Europe 1 radio.

    Another respected former justice minister, Robert Badinter, who pushed through the abolition of the death penalty in France, said the IMF chief had been subjected to “death by media.”

    RTWT:

    French outraged by U.S. treatment of Strauss-Kahn.

  85. C.L.

    I kind of agree that the perp walk is contrary to the spirit of presumed innocence. Cops are deliberately indulging in a sub judice slander when you think about it.

    Same link:

    “PERP WALK”

    Conservative politicians mostly refrained from commenting on the images of their political rival, heeding President Nicolas Sarkozy’s call to show “restraint and dignity,” according to a lawmaker who attended a private meeting with him on Tuesday.

    Some media commentators and lawyers said that making Strauss-Kahn take a so-called “perp walk” — a U.S. tradition of obliging a suspected “perpetrator” to run a gauntlet of media cameras — appeared designed to humiliate him and perhaps soften him up for a plea bargain.

    Previous suspects forced to take a “perp walk” included boxer Mike Tyson, pop star Michael Jackson and Kenneth Lay, the former boss of bankrupt energy trader Enron.

    “I suppose there is an element of theater in it,” U.S. attorney Graham Wisner of Patton Boggs in New York, told Reuters Television.

    “For the most part in the United States it’s a practice utilized by authorities to humiliate suspects… There is at least a perception in this case that a “perp” or suspect is guilty when he walks shamefaced in front of all of the cameras,” Wisner said.

  86. JC

    France doesn’t have extradition treaties with any countries and extradition is only gained by applying to a french court. So the NY judge correctly deemed Ms. Socialiste to be a flight risk.

  87. Gabrielle

    France’s leading presidential candidate may have pounced on a Manhattan hotel maid — but she wanted it, his lawyer asserted in court yesterday, hinting at what could be an explosive defense.

    “The evidence, we believe, will not be consistent with a forcible encounter,” said Ben Brafman, the high-powered lawyer of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, at the suspect’s sensational arraignment in a packed criminal courtroom.

    A source close to the defense later told The Post, “There may well have been consent.”

    Huh? The story has changed?

  88. C.L.

    Presumption of innocence anyone?

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his city’s police for parading a handcuffed Dominique Strauss-Kahn before the media after some French politicians voiced outrage over the IMF chief’s “perp walk…”

    Police transporting him from a jail cell to the courthouse walked him briefly in front of a battery of cameras on Sunday night with his hands cuffed behind the back.

    “I think it is humiliating, but if you don’t want to do the perp walk, don’t do the crime,” Bloomberg told reporters in the state capital, Albany, on Tuesday.

    A disgraceful comment.

    New York mayor defends “perp walk” of IMF chief.

  89. .

    Jesus. This whole thing could blow up because of the perp walk and the Mayor.

    Guilty or not, he may never go to trial because of fairness.

  90. C.L.

    We all like to see a scumbag humiliated when he deserves it but, like them or loathe them, the French are right to ban these PR stunts until after a guilty verdict is handed down.

  91. Dangph

    Economically the ‘far right’ Front Nationale peddle the same handout / protectionist mentality

    This is exactly right. In economic terms Marine Le Pen is far left. The way she bangs on about “ultralibéralisme”, she could easily get a job writing for the Drum. That’s not an exaggeration. Almost any cherished economic belief of the left you can think of, Le Pen will espouse it. She is explicitly against laissez faire. The Front National even want to bring back price controls!

    Here’s an example of the sort of thing she says (my translation):

    Each time a sector is privatized it results in a regression of equality and an explosion in costs. I am therefore for the public provision of transport, education, health, banking, and aged care. And equally I am for the intervention of the state in strategic sectors: energy, communications, telecommunications, and the media. I’m thinking about a fiscal revolution that would in particular re-establish a balance between capital and labour.

    http://www.antagoniste.net/2011/03/20/le-nationalo-socialiste-mystere/

  92. JC

    Come on CL… easy does it 🙂

    The perp walk is a great NYC institution. It’s a crowd pleaser and “meshed in the integral fabric of the city”.

    Taking away the perp walk would be like banning bagels with lox or Katz’s pastrami sanga.

  93. .

    Are bagels fried in trans fats?

  94. JC

    yuk..

    I think bagels are boiled aren’t they?

    Dude unless you’ve had a bagel with cream cheese and lox, a tiny dash of onion.. only a dash mind you, with capers and a pickled cucumber, you just haven’t lived.

  95. papachango

    @Dangph – merci pour le lien.

    I never thought I’d ever find a French ‘libertarian opinion site’ on the Net; the concept of classical liberalism seems to be completely alien to the French these days. I wonder if anyone there actually still reads Voltaire?

    Then I realised I’d gotten too excited and that it’s actually a Canadian website (at least I’m assuming so, from the opening line ‘which Quebec leftist said this?)

  96. papachango

    FMD – I know I really shouldn’t read the Age as its bad for my blood pressure but it’s always lying around.

    They had a piece today (can’t find it online so no link sorry) by their their staff writer in Europe, Paola Totaro about DSK, basically suggesting that he’s been set up because he once had a private chat with a leftwing journalist, and suggested that one of his political enemies might try to set him up with a false rape charge.

    The Age is taking over from NY state in the role of judge and jury – un-frickin-believable.

    They also couldn’t resist a swipe at Sarkozy in the same article – from memory she said that:

    Sarkozy is apparently rejoicing in private at his rivals downfall, but oficially is urging caution and respect for the presumption of innocence

    (my emphasis)

    ‘apparently rejoicing in private’? I suppose it’s possible, but how the fuck would Paola know this?

    If some one told her why not say ‘is rumoured to be’ or ‘an anaonymous source said that’. Because that wouldn’t sound as damning of Sarkozy. I reckon she just made that up because thats how she imagines evil rightwingers to behave. This is what now passes for journalism on page 1 of the Age

  97. Dangph

    @papachango, yeah, it’s funny. I’ve gone searching for French libertarian blogs a few times before, and each time I think I’ve found one, it turns out to be Canadian. That’s how I found that one I linked to. They just don’t seem to exist.

    The French brought us Voltaire, yes, and also Bastiat! How could it all have gone so wrong?

  98. Scott

    Essayez ici, peut-être?

    I suspect the paucity of French libertarians has something to do with striking being the national pastime.

  99. Dangph

    Merci, Scott, je vais l’ajouter à Google Reader.

    Notice however the number of comments. There are 12 stories on the front page, but only 3 comments total. It’s not a very lively scene.

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