Dominique Strauss-Kahn's legal team is furious that confidential police sources have "recklessly injected" information "into the public arena with the potential of permanently prejudicing potential jurors," according to a letter they sent yesterday to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance complaining of pervasive information leaks to the press. While Strauss-Kahn has been the subject of stories claiming that his DNA was found on his accuser's clothing, his defense team has had to refrain from overt attacks on the complaining witness in the attempted rape case against him, in large part because there is no way they could look good doing that. So attorney Bill Taylor figured out a way to complain about the leaks and get a damaging quote out about the accuser, a maid at New York's Sofitel Hotel, at the same time.
A prosecutor working on the case, Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, borrowed some of that language in her response, posted to the court's Web site this afternoon. She called Taylor to task for undermining the accuser's credibility in the venue of a public court document ostensibly pertaining to procedure:
This is a strange way for the two sides in this case to snipe at each other, but it's a strange case to begin with.