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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Strauss-Kahn Still Facing Civil Suit

Though all criminal charges against him were dropped earlier this week, Dominique Strauss-Kahn still faces a civil suit from his accuser.  His attorneys say they are not concerned about it, noting that his accuser's credibility issues would still cause trouble in a civil suit, though of course the lower burden of proof mitigates that somewhat.


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There is certainly sufficient evidence to permit the civil case against SK to go to a jury, notwithstanding the credibility problems that the plaintiff clearly has. The plaintiff will have nothing to lose by trying this case - she has already been ridiculed by the press and will have no difficulty finding a good lawyer willing to accept her case on a contingent fee basis. On the other hand, SK has the challenge of prolonged public exposure of this matter and the difficulty of trying to settle the case (as soon as he tries the plaintiff will tell the press he is attempting to buy her off). It will be interesting to see how this matter shakes out.

Posted by: John Day | Aug 28, 2011 12:55:00 PM

The SK case was interesting because there was certainly enough evidence to go to a jury. They were lucky that the accuser had credibility issues.

Posted by: Scott | Mar 13, 2012 1:51:58 PM

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