Dominique Strauss-Kahn is scheduled to appear in court this morning at 11 am, after which, it is widely predicted, his bail conditions will significantly improve, according to New York Times.DSK’s lawyers say a lot of information is about to be revealed inside the Manhattan court.
And Bloomberg is reporting that the former IMF head will be “released on his new recognizance” and freed from house arrest.
But Strauss-Kahn is still under indictment by a grand jury; the judge can’t dismiss these charges himself, according to CNBC. So unwinding the case, if the case goes that way, could go on for months.
During this morning’s upcoming hearing, “prosecutors will disclose some of the things they uncovered” during their investigation of the maid’s credibility, William Rauschbaum (one of the Times reporters that broke the story) just said.
In particular, lots of information about the “cooperating witness” — the accusing maid — will come out this morning.
In case you’ve missed why all of this is happening, last night news broke that the prosecutor’s case against the former IMF chief is on the verge of collapse, largely due to crediblity issues with the accuser.
The New York Times reported last night that Judge Obus “is expected to consider easing the extraordinary bail conditions that he imposed on Mr. Strauss-Kahn in the days after he was charged.”
Until today, DSK has been forbidden from leaving his Manhattan townhouse rental, and has been wearing a security bracelet.
Today prosecutors may also try to get DSK “to plead guilty to a misdemeanour,” which his lawyers will likely reject, the Times said.
These details will likely include:
- An asylum application in which the accuser reportedly lied about being raped, and about genital mutilation.
- Phone calls in the wake of her accusation to a man in jail, about the advantages of pursuing the case — which was recorded. That means, there’s a good chance the transcript of the call may be entered into evidence, meaning we will all get to see, at some point, exactly what was discussed, word for word.
- Several deposits of $100,000 into the accuser’s account, from the jailed man, over the past two years.
- That she allegedly lied about having only one cell phone: she was reportedly paying bills to five different phone companies.
As soon as reporters leave the courtroom, there is probably going to a be a huge avalanche of new information, so get ready!
As a CNBC reporter outside the Southern Manhattan courthouse just said, “This case is about to change, and change big time.”