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Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the presumption of innocence

In the weeks since charges of sexual assault against Dominique Strauss-Kahn were filed, the prosecution’s case has apparently fallen on shaky ground. On Wednesday, lawyers for Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, met with prosecutors at the Manhattan district attorney’s office to discuss the future of the case against him. Strauss-Kahn’s accuser has gone from being portrayed by the media as a hardworking immigrant to a liar and a criminal. And Strauss Kahn has gone from being portrayed as a sexual predator to a victim of overzealous prosecution by both the Manhattan D.A. and the media.

Jami Floyd, former defense attorney and legal affairs journalist, finds fault with the district attorney’s hasty public comments as well as the media’s rush to judgment. Need to Know’s Maria Hinojosa talks with Floyd about the case’s twists, turns and lessons learned.

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