The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn is in doubt, leading a Harvard law professor to believe his accuser's attorneys were working to settle.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney White Collar Crime Litigator Stuart Slotnick told the UK's Guardian newspaper such a deal could land the woman charges of obstruction of justice.
The criminal case initiated by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office is out of her hands, and she could be subpoenaed to testify even if she doesn't agree to cooperate, he said.
When discussing the case with ABC-7 in New York, Slotnick echoed his previous statement.
"Part of the problem, as we've heard from the prosecution, is that the complaintant lied under oath in the grand jury," he said. "For her to now testify truthfully, she would have to testify under oath, which could be a potential perjury trap for her."
Shortly after it was announced the grand jury had reached an indictment decision, in an interview with CNBC, Slotnick cautioned those jumping to conclusion about the case.
"Of course it's possible he could still flee," Slotnick said of the likelihood Strauss-Kahn would leave the country if released on bail, "but if he offers [to surrender his passport, to wear an electronic bracelet, to go under house arrest] then it's going to be very hard for him to flee."
In reference to Strauss-Kahn's quick departure from the Sofitel as evidence of guilt, Slotnick stated, "Let's not forget that we've only heard one side of the story, and now for the first time in court we've heard that his itinerary was planned."
"He wasn't fleeing quickly," he continued. "There's more to the story, as there always is."
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