Following on the news from Sunday that the office of New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance was planning to drop the criminal sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the New York Post on Monday promised the prosecution would drop a "bombshell" in the form of a new court filing detailing further evidence that the accusing witness, Nafissatou Diallo, lied to prosecutors about her actions around the day of the alleged assault on May 14. On Monday afternoon, Reuters reported prosecutors were meeting with Diallo and her lawyers in what was expected to be a discussion about dropping the charges. That meeting started just minutes after news broke that Diallo's legal team had filed a last-minute motion calling for a new prosecutor on the case before Vance could drop the charges. According to the Post:
The new details will include evidence that the maid lied to prosecutors about her caught-on-tape plotting for a Strauss-Kahn payday just one day after the alleged assault, and that she also lied to them about having had sex the night before the alleged assault -- a consensual encounter that offers an innocent explanation for redness cited by her lawyers as proof of Strauss-Kahn's guilt, the sources said.
But that filing, if it comes, will be just the latest in a case characterized by "bombshell" revelations, surprise decisions, and surreal scenes. The New York Times on Monday called the Strauss-Kahn case "one of the most closely watched prosecutions in New York in decades." We've compiled a list of the moments, large and small, that have made it so compelling.
May 15: The perp walk. The news of the arrest itself probably qualifies as the initial bombshell, but some of the story's first images to be splashed across news sites and papers were of an unshaven and tired-looking Strauss-Kahn being led from the Special Victims Unit into a police cruiser in handcuffs in the American media tradition known as the "perp walk." Scandalized, the French cried foul at the practice, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed the complaints. "If you don’t want to do the perp walk, don’t do the crime," he said at the time. However, after evidence surfaced that called the prosecution's case into doubt, he changed his tune. "I've always thought that the perp walks were outrageous," he said in early July.