Judge signs order for release of ex-IMF chief
May 20th, 2011
04:36 PM ET

Judge signs order for release of ex-IMF chief

A judge has signed an order for the release of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, his lawyer said Friday.

The attorney spoke to reporters outside the courtroom where final details of his release from Rikers Island jail were hashed out between the prosecution and the defense.

"He will be released," lawyer William Taylor said about his client, who resigned Wednesday as head of the IMF and who is charged with sexual assault of a maid last Saturday in a Times Square hotel. Taylor did not say when the release would take place.

The comments came after Taylor met with Assistant District Attorney John McConnell and New York State Supreme Court Judge Michael Obus in Obus's chambers.

During the hearing, Obus said a security company had found a temporary location for Strauss-Kahn to live in and that a hunt was on for longer-term lodging. While Strauss-Kahn is in the initial location, he will not be able to leave at all except for medical reasons, Obus said. Once he is in his longer-term location, the former banker must give six hours notice before leaving.

Taylor pleaded with members of the news media to grant privacy to his client and his client's family. "The reason that he had to move is because members of the press attempted to invade his private residence and interfere with his family's privacy," Taylor said.

The defense team was planning to take proof of the $1 million cash bail and $5 million bond to the judge, a court officer said. A document signed by bondsman Ira Judelson shows that the bond was secured by money from the accused's wife, Anne Sinclair.

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  1. Cesar

    That judge couldn't control his friskiness.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carol

    It just don't like the smell of this to me it sounds like they wanted to trap him because don't forget they changed the law in France that the women from those other countries can't wear those outfits that cover the women completely so just maybe this is one way to get back at the French but I am just saying.

    I guess everything will come out of the wash I just hope so.

    May 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    Cute is not the word for people using NEWS blog postings devoted entirely to their own silly banter,(Ellis,I took the liberty of...oooh... inserting, "your name here!" I know you'll looove it) Boooring, trite & self-serving, (ooops I did it again, Ellis), are words that come (I could do this all day!) to mind! Lets visit the actual subject shall we.For those who say he's guilty til proven innocent, exactly!! Why should he enjoy better treatment than us natives?'Cause he's French, rich, has diplomatic immunity? I think not! Let him do the perp walk & see how it feels. For those who say he should've got bail rite away, how soon we forget! For an innocent guy he acted pretty guilty, running to his plane so quick he left his cell behind. U.S. officials almost missed him. I'd call that a flight risk! He'll get off, no doubt, but at least he's finally been shamed by his chronically bad behavior toward women. The "Great Seducer" no more!! It's only rite, what do you say ,Ellis?

    May 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ellis

    Dear fernace,you have valid points. Your forecast is on target,he will get off,the rich often do. I agree with your post. I gotta go and feed some trolls. Good-bye.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ellis

    I have to peeeeeee

    May 22, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    I LOVE trolls!!

    May 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
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