The Madeleine Brand Show for July 1, 2011

DSK to be released, bail money returned

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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn (R) and his wife Anne Sinclair leave New York State Supreme Court for a hearing on July 1, 2011 in New York City.

The Manhattan District Attorney lifted the bail restrictions on former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn this morning -- from house arrest and a $6 million bond to -- nothing. Strauss Kahn had to give up his passport, but he can now move around freely within the U.S. This comes as prosecutors admitted there are serious problems with their case, namely the credibility of the maid. Former federal prosecutor and Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson tells us why a victim's credibility plays such a big part in sex crimes prosecution.

Investigators learned that within a day of the alleged rape, the hotel maid had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man where she talked about the benefits of accusing Strauss-Kahn. That man is reportedly one of several people who have made cash deposits into the accuser's bank account over the last two years.

There are also questions about a whether the woman included a previous claim of rape that occurred in her home country of Guinea on her immigration forms, as she initially told investigators.

In your view, how important is the reputation of the accuser--and the defendant--when it comes to sex crimes?


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