’s incredibly inappropriate editorial comment on the turnabout in the Strauss-Kahn case

Here is the top headline and editorial subhead at’s Must Reads today:

Strauss-Kahn Case Seen as in Jeopardy
Sounds like the old “the b___h set me up” routine.

Excuse me, but this sounds like the old “those anti-Bush French bastards are guilty no matter what the facts say” routine.

UPDATE: Below I’ve posted comments from the Lucianne thread. Many commenters reactively assume that DSK bought this result with private investigators. One or two commenters, having actually read the Times article which shows that the information about the maid’s dishonest and suspicious behavior comes from the prosecutors, make the same point about the anti-DSK commenters that I made about Lucianne’s editorial remark: that their motive is anti-Frenchness. But please note: this doesn’t let off contemptible French intellectuals like Bernard Henri-Levy who write off any sexual misbehavior or abuse. The possible angles on the DSK case, all driven by various ideologies, are numerous, as you will see in the Lucianne thread.

Reply 1—Posted by: nina584, 6/30/2011 9:50:02 PM

I bet the maid’s family got a ton of money. somebody wanted Strauss out and it’s probably someone in France that did not wanted him to become president. Sarkozy???? [LA replies: Your typical knee-jerk conspiracy theory, countered below by several thoughtful commenters.]

Reply 2—Posted by: KTWO, 6/30/2011 9:50:24 PM

Usually I would suggest following the money when the defendant has enormous resources and the accuser has few. And especially when the accuser’s story then begins to be doubted.

But sometimes the police and prosecutors really want the right outcome. They may this time.

All we can do is watch.

Reply 3—Posted by: bighambone, 6/30/2011 9:56:09 PM

The rich French guy probably has private detectives looking at this lady’s history, no doubt she is an illegal alien and just about all illegal aliens lie about their background and other circumstances, so chances are she filed a fraudulent asylum application that contains all sorts of bogus information tailored to slip through legal loopholes by immigration lawyers, which would in normal “wink and a nod” immigration court procedures be taken at face value and never verified, at least until this incident occurred. All the above does not mean that the lady was not raped!

Of course the rich French guy’s international crew could also have found the right people to pay off to get the charges dropped. Chances of that ever coming to light are slim to none, as to find and follow the money into and out of some foreign banks would be too much to ask.

Reply 4—Posted by: judy, 6/30/2011 10:14:21 PM

Read the article … she’s been less than truthful & has lots of baggage.

Reply 5—Posted by: SoCalGal, 6/30/2011 10:35:53 PM

Re OP’s comment, a read of the article discloses that the exculpatory evidence regarding the maid’s credibility was unearthed by the prosecutor’s office and shared with the defense.

Lawsuits? Against Sofitel, her employer for several years and the State of New York.

We rush to judgement here, too. Not a good idea.

Reply 6—Posted by: hpmatt, 6/30/2011 10:38:18 PM

Don’t see any contradictions in the accusation here. Just that she’s hanging out with a group of low life drug dealers.

Reply 7—Posted by: Emerson, 6/30/2011 10:40:48 PM

Why don’t some of you take time to read the article. You are looking foolish.

Quite a story. I won’t paraphrase it for you here.

Reply 8—Posted by: Retlt, 6/30/2011 10:49:07 PM

Well to quote Gomer Pyle here’ “Suprise, suprise!!!!!” Did you really believe that this case was going to go anywhere? I bet the diplomatic phone cables will have to be replaced after all the use they received on fixing this.

Reply 10—Posted by: lauraincabo, 6/30/2011 11:26:51 PM

Prosecutors rush to judgment all the time in cities big and small throughout the country. And for rich, poor and middle class alike, even if charges are dropped lives of the accused can be destroyed by having their names ruined, jobs lost, time suffered incarcerated, and bankrupting expenses.

Meanwhile, prosecutors are legally immune from suit. As a group, prosecutors are about the scumbaggiest people I have come across.

Reply 11—Posted by: recoveringrepub, 6/30/2011 11:29:05 PM

This frog is still a maggot …

Reply 12—Posted by: Delilah, 6/30/2011 11:32:58 PM

The fix is in. This rich rapist will never go to jail. The system is rigged in their favor is they’re socialists. [LA replies: Moronic. The “socialist system” which Delilah says is dishonestly letting DSK off the hook, is the same system that pulled him off a plane and put him in jail, and put him under house arrest for the last two months.]

Reply 13—Posted by: lawdoc, 6/30/2011 11:50:21 PM

So let me understand this thread. Rich people are always guilty. Nobody ever tries to set up rich people. Even if the case against them collapses, They are still guilty and must have bought off the system. This rich guy automatically guilty thread seems more appropriate to a hate-the-rich liberal website. [LA replies: No, it’s appropriate to a hate-French-leftists website.]

Reply 14—Posted by: Emerson, 7/1/2011 12:04:58 AM

Re #13, that—and sometimes people don’t bother to read more than the headline. A two-page article? Forget about it.

But yes, we have our fair share of inverse snobbery here, misogyny, French-hating, and a number of other pathologies. And stay away from religion.

Reply 15—Posted by: Twiggy, 7/1/2011 1:57:09 AM

I was never convinced she was telling the truth. Another illegal trying to scam the system. Hope she gets deported.

Reply 16—Posted by: Boneshaker, 7/1/2011 4:03:44 AM

The noise we hear is the sound of mega-money.

Reply 17—Posted by: fireman28, 7/1/2011 6:58:50 AM

Read the whole story last night—yea, I was bored.

Seems lots of posters obviously have not.

(Not sure why the NYT wants a log-in this am)

The procecution found this evidence! It does not imply tons of PI’s found it.

Here is a legit question—if someone filed an amnesty application in 2002, why has it not been acted on nearly 10 years later? What does that say about our fed government.

By the way if you can’t get the article. The maid has a history of having tons of money placed into her accounts, phone calls to criminals in jail, etc.

Don’t look good for her. Yes, rich guys can be set up, too. (Just put a little DNA on your dress, 10 minute job)

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