At 11:30 a.m. today, New York's most famous criminal defendant, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is due in court for a hearing on the terms of his bail on charges that he tried to rape a hotel housekeeper on May 14. It's been reported that he's to be released from house arrest on his own recognizance, but given the recent questions that have arisen over the prosecution's case against him, we might also be in for a surprise today, such as a request to have the case dismissed. We'll keep you up to the minute here, and if you happen on any information related to the hearing or the case, do let us know. (all times, by the way, are Eastern daylight)
Please Note: For key news details, please see Kenneth Thomas's comments at noon and 12:08 p.m., as well as Cyrus Vance's remarks at 12:43 p.m., and the excerpt from the prosecution's letter to the defense at 12:50 p.m.
12:50 p.m.: The letter to the defense includes a paragraph that says the accuser lied to investigators and the grand jury about her actions immediately after the alleged assault. She had said she fled the area, but later said she cleaned another room after Strauss-Kahn's:
12:43 p.m.: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance spoke to reporters in front of the courthouse. He took no questions after his short, prepared remarks:
Today’s proceedings did not dismiss the indictment or any of the charges against the defendant. Our investigators will continue their investigation into these alleged crimes and will do so until they have uncovered all the relevant facts… With regard to the treatment of this victim, we believe we have done nothing but support her and do everything ion our power to support her and keep her safe. And we will continue to do so… As prosecutors, our duty is to do what is right in every case, without fear or favor, wherever that leads. The disclosures we made that led to today’s proceedings adhered to that principle.
12:26 p.m.: The court has just posted the letter (PDF) from prosecutors to Strauss-Kahn's lawyers, with their details their charges that the accusing witness is not trustworthy. We'll bring excerpts as quickly as we can.