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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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Denial of Bail to Strauss-Kahn is Questioned

May 18, 2011:  Whether IMF Chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn will be granted bail ultimately is a question being asked internationally.   He was arrested earlier this week and charged with sexually assaulting an employee at the mid-town Manhattan hotel at which he was staying.  Strauss-Kahn was detained as a flight risk (he was at JFK airport leaving for France when arrested).  However, the charge is a B felony, Strauss-Kahn has substantial assets to post and conditions such as electronic monitoring could be imposed to curtail the flight risk.  NYSACDL President Elect Richard Willstatter states: ”In general, it’s not reasonable to set no bail for somebody who is charged with a first-offence Class B felony who has a substantial amount of bail to post. . . .It’s almost inevitable that bail will be set.”  See Article in UK Reuters.