Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Dark Side of American Justice

Le Monde discusses the strategy of the private investigators hired by DSK's lawyers. This is the dark side of American justice. Until now, DSK has been treated "normally" by the courts, but his vast means allow him to spend large sums on discrediting the chief witness against him, his alleged victim. He can thus pay for a defense not available to the "normal" defendant. The paper suggests $500,000 as a plausible sum, with investigators being sent as far as Guinea to search for derogatory information about the women and her entourage.

Of course the prosecutors will use these large sums to discredit the defense, to play on the emotions of the jurors by portraying DSK as a wealthy man trying to buy his way out of a heinous crime.

One has to count on the good sense of the jurors to sort out truth from fiction and defamation. I've served on three juries and have always been impressed by the seriousness with which jurors take their task. But juries, being human, are fallible. So we'll just have to wait and see how the case goes.


MYOS said...

I really hope the DA will be able to investigate everywhere, too.

I saw in a pro-DSK blog that the plaintiff is a liar who is Senegalese and lied about being a victimized Guinean when applying for asylum, that her refugee status is bogus and that she's done this for personal gain once, why not twice?
Which is kinda what Mitch feared.

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Anonymous said...

I would be surprised indeed if DSK's lawyers could send anyone to Guinea on short notice and find out anything about the defendant. They'd have to speak very good French and know how to get around a chaotic African country with major security problems and where a large percentage of the population shares the same patronymic as the defendant. They would also have to have extremely good connections there, i.e. know the right people in the right places and be willing to pay a lot of money for the information they're seeking (and which would be admissible in court). And even then...