Toobin: Evidence against Strauss-Kahn 'looks awful,' but case has long way to go
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin: "It's important to remember the Duke lacrosse case, because that sounded bad initially, too."
May 17th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Toobin: Evidence against Strauss-Kahn 'looks awful,' but case has long way to go

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, speaking Monday on CNN's "AC360°," said International Monetary Fund chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn has retained one of New York's most famous  lawyers, Ben Brafman, who has successfully defended high-profile clients including hip-hop mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs and rapper Jay-Z.

Combs was acquitted of gun possession charges stemming from a 1999 shooting in a Manhattan nightclub.

"[Brafman] prepares like a boring sort of old-school lawyer, but he's got the flash and dash of a sort of a courtroom performer," Toobin said.

"Certainly, the evidence [against Strauss-Kahn] looks awful so far," the legal analyst said. "Why would a maid make this accusation against someone she apparently had never met before, didn't know who he was?"

But Toobin cautioned that the case has a long way to go.

"It's important to remember the Duke lacrosse case, because that sounded bad initially, too," Toobin said.

In that case, charges against three lacrosse players at Duke University were dropped in 2007 after the North Carolina attorney general found no credible evidence to support sexual assault allegations leveled by a stripper who performed at a team party.


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  1. Chester

    Analyze this!

    May 17, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Azram

    Perhaps more should be known about a case before someone tries to analyze it.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    Why would a maid...huh?
    $

    May 17, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nikki

    Why would anybody put themselves through the scrutiny, Joey? Especially is she didn't know him from a hole in the wall?

    How about for once, people get a little self-righteous about the VICTIM?

    Do you hate women, Joey? do you think all women are after you for YOUR money, Joey?

    May 17, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey

    Women are not after me for my money. But Cesar is always "behind me" with his wiener.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. The Bank for International Settlements

    The evidence against the Federal Reserve is more "awful" than maid fondle.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nicki

    I wish someone was in my behind with their weiner

    May 17, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. boog

    This guy has issues

    May 17, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey

    @ Nikki:
    Why do you assume she didn't know him from a hole in the wall?
    We know who his wife is. She believes him.
    Think about all of the facts.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey

    I don't claim all of the Joey posts above.
    Anybody with an IQ over 75 can tell which ones aren't mine.
    * * *
    Some men are after women for their money.
    Some women are after men for their money.
    That does not make me hate women.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nate

    Is this working?

    May 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. libertarian

    "I DID NOT have se xual relations with that woman". Hey worked for Bill Clinton and that was under oath at a congressional hearing.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. albruno

    every stone, every bed sheet
    every corner and lover she ever had will be questioned

    this maid is toast...
    sad, but true everyone has a closet to rummage or a tree shake...

    May 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. libertarian

    CNN your censoring of certain words is quite annoying. Especially when you post disgusting comments.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stewie

    Nate, is what working?

    May 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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