DA Speaks On Why He Dropped NYC Strauss-Kahn Case

Published January 18, 2012 8:00PM (EST)

NEW YORK (AP) — The prosecutor who charged Dominique Strauss-Kahn with sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid says he dropped the case because he ultimately wasn't convinced he knew beyond a reasonable doubt what had happened.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said at a forum Wednesday that the issue was "not that something didn't happen," but whether prosecutors felt certain they could meet the legal standard for proving it.

Vance's office dropped the sensational case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund in August. Prosecutors said then in court papers that the decision reflected doubts about the woman's credibility, not "factual findings" about what happened in Strauss-Kahn's hotel suite in May.

Vance also said Wednesday that he wished state law allowed more time for decision-making in the early stages of cases.

By Salon Staff

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