L’abandon des charges contre Dominique Strauss-Kahn confirme une vérité indéniable : aux Etats-Unis, la logique d’un procureur est d’abord politique. Dans cette affaire, il poursuivait sans pitié tant qu’il comptait gagner gros ; dès lors qu’il estime n’avoir qu’à y perdre, il renonce sans états d’âme.
The concept of "beyond a reasonable doubt" seems not to make an impression even on the most brilliant and best-informed French observers of the United States, of whom Eric is surely one. In my view, Vance dropped the case not because he feared losing it but because he believed that going to court with a witness about whose testimony he had developed "reasonable doubts" would have been an abuse of prosecutorial power. However unlikely, he might have won such a case by carefully selecting a jury and playing to its prejudices (against a Frenchman, a wealthy banker, etc.). But such a victory would have been unconscionable.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, even noted feminist columnist Katha Pollitt reluctantly concedes she would have been forced to vote for acquittal had she been a juror.