Prosecutors drop sexual assault charges against Strauss-Kahn

Late last month, we wrote that the criminal case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) was unraveling quickly. At that time, there were rumors that the charges would eventually be dropped. In May, Strauss-Kahn had been arrested and charged with the attempted rape of a maid who worked at the hotel where he was staying. Last week, […]

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Attorney says rape defendants should remain anonymous: Part II

Last week, we began a discussion about the damage caused by false allegations of rape. Because of heavy and biased media coverage, defendants often suffer serious damage to their reputation, career and finances even if they are later acquitted. In a recent article, famous criminal defense attorney Roy Black suggested that rape defendants should remain […]

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Attorney says rape defendants should remain anonymous: Part I

Earlier this month, we wrote about the accusations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK), former head of the International Monetary Fund. The rape charges against him are likely to be dropped, but he has already suffered damage to his reputation, his finances and his future prospects as a result of the charges. There are countless examples of […]

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Media convictions often as bad as criminal convictions: Part II

Earlier this week, we wrote that the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn may soon be dropped. In May, Strauss-Kahn was arrested for the alleged rape of a hotel housekeeper. Now, due to inconsistencies in the housekeeper’s testimony, her credibility is in question. But even if charges are dropped against Strauss-Kahn, his public image and career may […]

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Media convictions often as bad as criminal convictions: Part I

In previous posts, we have said that there are certain crimes for which a public accusation can be as bad as a criminal conviction. This is especially true when it comes to sex crimes. Those who face false accusations can nonetheless face real consequences, even if they are not convicted. The best recent example of […]

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