Former DA Morgenthau Defends Successor on Strauss-Kahn Case

Thursday, July 07, 2011

A longtime former district attorney praised his successor for how he handled the sexual assault case against ex-International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Robert Morgenthau said Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. — whom he endorsed after he retired from 35 years on the job — has upheld the office's commitment "to seek justice over everything else" in a statement issued Thursday.

Vance faced criticism after prosecutors revealed last week that their high-profile case against Strauss-Kahn was weakened because his accuser had a histroy of being untruthful.

Strauss-Kahn denies allegations of sexually assaulting the woman.

The news comes a day after Kenneth Thompson, the woman's attorney, asked Vance in a letter to recuse his office from the case and appoint a special prosecutor.

Thompson said he thinks the DA's office is the origin of media reports attributed to anonymous sources that the woman mentioned the French politician's wealth in a recorded telephone call to an incarcerated friend. 

A spokesperson for the DA's office said the request is meritless and prosecutors disagree with how their work has been characterized.

With the Associated Press

RMM's Statement on Cy Vance


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