June 9, 2011 by USA Post
Strauss-Kahn, Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the intention to investigate the hotel maid accused the former head of the IMF’s attempted rape of evidence of behavioral problems, the court documents.
In a nine-page letter to prosecutors, defense lawyers give an idea of?? Your strategy with a list of demands for access to the evidence gathered against Strauss-Kahn, who is awaiting trial under house arrest after posting bail and 6 million bonds.
Citing “sensitive” information, they also seek to prosecutors refused access to emails and phone messages sent to cell phones and confiscated IPAD Strauss-Kahn, following his arrest in a plane crash of Air France set to depart New York to Paris on 14 May.
“Demand for the discovery of” document was filed Monday with Judge Michael Obus, the same day that Strauss-Kahn pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual crimes, including attempted rape, against a 32 years old, cleaned his suite at the Sofitel Manhattan.
A request for evidence of any prosecution witness, “Who suffer from physical or mental disabilities, emotional disorders, drug addiction or alcohol addiction.”
The lawyers, William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman, also need to know if a defense witness has problems finding immigration or payments through a civil lawsuit.
Although no specific reference to the maid, an immigrant from West Africa, the plaintiffs’ counsel clearly aligned with indications that they intend to try to undermine her credibility and the claim that any sexual encounter was consensual.
Legal experts say the defense, led by Brafman; they pounce on any attempt to remove the servant of the rich compensation Strauss-Kahn, as it could be released as to her financial motivation to make a false accusation.
It has hired a lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, with a record of successful multi-million dollar payments, but has provided no separate claim for civil damages.
The attorneys ask to examine all physical evidence such as clothing belonging to Strauss-Kahn, “the blood, hair, fibers or any other substance that may contain DNA, and video clips.
The defense is not expected to argue that there is no intercourse took place, given that the police believe they have evidence that a meeting of some sort occurred at the Sofitel luxury suite.
It is not clear, however, whether any evidence was found of violence, the absence of corroborating the statement Brafman earlier this week that there was “no element of coercion by force.”
The list of demands also includes access to interviews with prosecution witnesses at the Sofitel, Air France, crime & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant – apparently the establishment Strauss-Kahn, had lunch immediately after the alleged assault.
Interestingly, the lawyers ask to be told if the “proof of conduct without criminal charge is intended to be introduced against the defendant,” an apparent reference to speculation that previous reports on the sexual behavior of Strauss-Kahn was ventilated in court.
Special emphasis is placed on the insistence of defense counsel that certain messages stored on phones confiscated Strauss-Kahn, IPAD and Apple Computer are still secret. The concerns are contained in a letter attached to the official “demand for discovery.”
Some messages are “confidential” and some of the emails and phone messages left after the arrest of Strauss-Kahn “contain information relating to the preparation of a defense that should not be heard by the District Attorney.”
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