Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former director of the International Monetary Fund, will go before a judge today to argue once more that he be released on bail. Judge Melissa Jackson on Monday denied his bail request of $1 million, saying Strauss-Kahn was a flight risk after he was arrested on board an Air France flight to Paris. Now, the Socialist Party bigwig has agreed to give up his right to extradition as well as offering to surrender his travel documents and wear an ankle bracelet to ensure he stays sequestered in Manhattan--likely at his daughter's home.
The absence of an extradition treaty with France had been a sticking point in Strauss-Kahn's bail attempt. Comparisons to Roman Polanski have pervaded the case and its coverage. The Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown director fled to France after he was arrested for sexual assault in 1977 and has never been extradited. "Mr Polanski… lowered the odds that Mr Strauss-Kahn... will get bail in New York any time soon," the Times' Jim Dwyer wrote yesterday.
In a 16-page bail application submitted late Wednesday and reprinted by the New York Times, Strauss-Kahn signed an affidavit that contained the following clause: