An American observer comments on French politics.
The housekeeper is no longer an abstract "alleged victim" . She is a real woman who now has a name and a face. Her story is powerful & very credible. A jury would find her sympathetic & believable, and her story credible. For DSK, the time seems to be running out. Dominos are falling on both sides of the Atlantic, and the pieces are in play to bring him down from his perch of smug arrogance to use a French military term: face the music. No matter what his high paid lawyers, flunkies, and enablers tell him, DSK's options are running out. A plea deal should be looking better & better to DSK. (if the DA is still prepared to offer one).
This is very thorough but we don't learn much more than we knew before. It's all there in one article. We do learn that the prosecution agreed to let Thompson see the exact transcript from the conversation, along with its exact translation (v. the widely circulated quote, which is acknowledged as being an approximation, not the exact quote.)She's illiterate and thus, as your 2nd language skills depend on your native language skills and those skills can't grow as much when you can't read/write, she must have very basic English knowledge. In what language was she interviewed for the article? But also, in what language was she interviewed by the Prosecution team? Cincinna, I disagree with you: even though the story does make sense, it's still not enough to state that "time seems to be running out" for DSK. The alleged victim did lie under oath hence can't credibly testify in her own trial. Without her testimony, only witnesses, friends, hospital staff.. can testify for the prosecution, v. DSK who will be able to tell his truth in full, without a competing narrative. Unless the prosecution manages to unearth women who had brutal/nonconsensual encounters with DSK similar to what happened here - and these would likely be in France or in DC? -in order to back up the non-testifying alleged victim's story. But what are the odds that they'd find someone?Looking at everything that's being hurled at the blonde French writer, other possible victims aren't likely to turn up, if they exist.
Now the jury pool is completely poisoned. And Brafman has a roadmap of her testimony and how she was planning to explain away her credibility problems. Brafman, Taylor, Sinclair and DSK couldn't be happier.
@Anonymous & Anon 2 In another case, in another venue, I might concur with some of your points. We can all judge Nafissatou Diallo for ourselves when she appears tomorrow morning on ABC's Good Morning America. Many of the issues you raise are clarified in the article. The forensic evidence seems overwhelming. DSK’s pattern of conduct is now known to the DA and fits her story. The story she told to her supervisors, police, colleages, hospital personnel, never varied. If I were DSK’s lawyer, I would advise him to take a plea. He is in very deep trouble that can only get worse. The French victim, Tristan Banon has come forward and her story is almost identical to ND. Banon's lawyers have been talking to NY DA & say she may testify in the NY case. As to "poisoning the jury pool", that is simply ridiculous. 95% of NYers never heard of DSK before this incident, and are not paying any attention to this. If anything, ND is just the kind of victim a NY jury would find extremely sympathetic & believable. DSK is the exact opposite. Smug, arrogant, unrepentant, mega-rich elitist, foreign. Not a winning combo to those who sit on NY juries.
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