Yesterday Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who formerly served as the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was charged by French officials with "aggravated pimping" for his alleged involvement with prostitution rings in Paris and Washington DC in 2010 and 2011. Strauss-Kahn could face up to 20 years in jail.
A civil suit filed by a New York hotel maid alleging that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulting a New York her in May has been postponed by a New York court. The woman, a 32-year-old African immigrant, stated that Strauss-Kahn attacked her after pulling her into his hotel room. The woman stated she eventually was able to escape and was treated for minor injuries at Roosevelt Hospital. Prosecutors dropped criminal charges due to a lack of credible evidence.
In 2008, Strauss-Kahn admitted to having inappropriate relations with a woman employee at IMF, although the IMF executive board stated at the time that "there was no harassment, favoritism or any other abuse of authority by the managing director." Prior to becoming managing director of IMF in 2007, Strauss-Kahn served as a former French finance minister, national legislator, and economics professor. He has been leading in the polls in France not only as the Socialist Party presidential candidate but also against incumbent President Sarkozy.
Media Resources: CNN 3/27/12; CBS 3/26/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/16/12
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .