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Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson has been convicted on federal corruption charges, a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara confirmed this evening.
Mr. Stevenson was convicted on four counts stemming from charges that he drafted legislation and performed official government services in exchange for more than $20,000 in cash bribes–the latest in a long string of corruption arrests hitting the state’s lawmakers.
He did it—or didn’t do it—again. Former IMF chief, French presidential would-be, and well-established womanizer Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s latest set of charges—an accusation that he raped French journalist Tristane Banon—have been dropped by French prosecutors. Why?
Yesterday afternoon, news broke that the Manhattan D.A. office was going to request that all criminal charges of sexual assault against former I.M.F. chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn be dropped. This followed a meeting with Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, and her lawyer, Kenneth Thompson. Mr. Thompson had requested yesterday that a special prosecutor be appointed to the case; his request was denied this morning. Moments ago, Dominique Strauss-Kahn sat down in a courtroom in Lower Manhattan, and received a verdict on his long-contested innocence: the case against him has collapsed. He is a free man, and the conclusion of his long, strange, epic entanglement with the American judicial system has officially began.
Reuters is reporting as of a few minutes ago that the Manhattan D.A.’s office—led by one very embattled Cy Vance—have asked for a dismissal of the criminal sexual assault charges against former I.M.F. chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The end of what has been a very long, headline-making scandal-plagued saga appears to have started, today.