The charges against Strauss-Kahn
The Mail reports:
Looking haggard and wearing the previous day’s clothes Strauss-Kahn, 62, who should have been meeting with European finance ministers in Brussels, stood at the bench next to his lawyer Benjamin Brafman as prosecutors outlined the severity of the charges against him.Media outlets repeatedly mention the charge of “criminal sexual act” without clearly telling readers what the term means. Here is the relevant text from the New York State Penal Code, which I quoted in VFR’s first entry on the DSK arrest two days ago:
130.50 Criminal sexual act in the first degree.However, the language, in both the Penal Code and the indictment, is ambiguous. Is contact without penetration criminal sexual conduct? Is Strauss-Kahn charged only with contact or with penetration?
The Mail article partially answers the latter question. It says that the maid claimed that during the attack Strauss-Kahn “forced her to perform oral sex on him.” Which leads to another question: how, without holding a knife or gun to a person’s head, does one force a person to do that?
Ken Hechtman writes:
You wrote:LA replies:
Ok. But the prosecutors don’t say he punched her in the face.Ken Hechtman replies:
It doesn’t say he didn’t. I’m sure the exact sequence of events will come out during the trial. For what it’s worth, I’m still a bit skeptical of the victim/police version, but I’m reserving judgment until I can ask some Parti Socialiste friends who might know Strauss-Kahn or might know him by reputation.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 17, 2011 07:40 AM | Send