On the Radar: Ex-IMF chief's case, royal wedding, Syria, Casey Anthony, Panetta
Former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have a court hearing Friday.
July 1st, 2011
08:14 AM ET

On the Radar: Ex-IMF chief's case, royal wedding, Syria, Casey Anthony, Panetta

Doubts in Strauss-Kahn case - A source familiar with the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case tells CNN that prosecutors are expected to notify the court Friday about troubling believability issues with the hotel maid who alleged the former International Monetary Fund chief sexually assaulted her. Prosecutors disclosed the problem in a meeting Thursday with Strauss-Kahn's defense team, the official said. In a hastily scheduled court hearing set for Friday morning, the defense will ask the court to modify Strauss-Kahn's bail.

Syria demonstrations - Activists expect protests to across Syria on Friday to demand the departure of President Bashar al-Assad and his regime. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said al-Assad is "running out of time."

Royal wedding in Monaco - Prince Albert II of Monaco is about to marry his South African fiancée, Charlene Wittstock. The civil wedding will be held Friday, the religious ceremony Saturday. Like Kate Middleton, Wittstock is a "commoner" and, like Middleton, Wittstock will have quite an iconic mother-in-law to live up to, as the memory of Grace Kelly remains fresh in the Mediterranean principality.

Casey Anthony trial - The judge in the Casey Anthony capital murder trial in Florida expects testimony to conclude Friday, saying the case could be in the hands of the jury by the weekend. Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. told the courtroom that rebuttal witnesses likely will conclude Friday and closing arguments will be held Saturday morning, with jury instructions to follow and deliberations likely to begin by that afternoon.

Defense Department transition - When new Defense Secretary Leon Panetta walks into the Pentagon on Friday morning, he'll have two big wars on his hands - not to mention Libya, Yemen, Somalia and the war on terror. Working with his successor at the CIA, David Petraeus, Panetta is poised to give the Pentagon an even more direct role in secret counterterror efforts. He'll also have to try to find $400 billion to cut from the Pentagon as well - as President Barack Obama has said he wants.

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  1. michaelfury

    "He'll also have to try to find $400 billion to cut from the Pentagon"


    July 1, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. theodore

    In the beginning we were told she was credible and how everyone she worked with liked her etc. Now overnight she's virtually been labeled a criminal and untrustworthy to say the least. Which is true? The fact that he was pulled off a plane leaving the country in itself looks bad no matter what we're eventually told. is it just another abuse of power? where the rich and powerful use their might to attack and destroy those who have the unmitigated gall to get in their way? Making her look bad basically destroys the case. how much exactly was brought to bear in the effort to tear her down? If she's guilty of making this up then she's committed a crime and should be punished. But if we're guilty of going after her because people in power made it happen then justice has become just-less. I'm sure we'll never know the truth. I only know the one fact they cannot change: he was on a plane to leave and started to claim immunity and then recanted. If I hadn't been witness to flagrant attacks on people opposed to a politician "who could do no wrong", then perhaps I wouldn't be so cynical. But what's done is done. I don't trust the filth that governs our planet by might instead of what's right.

    July 1, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sedonia

    He appears to be pressing a button to signal teh Galactic French Overloards to discredit the woman he attacked.

    July 1, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Larry

    I knew things will turn out this way. A person of color should never expect to get justice in the hands of Europeans, especially when the aggressor is a fellow European.
    When I see the prosecutor and the media jumping into Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s camp, it reminds me of a few decades ago when an entire, supposedly enlightened Christian white community, including the sheriff, would gladly watch and cheer the lynching of their black neighbors. Simply put the beast has not changed.

    July 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • CoffeePartyMember

      you are both racist and ignorant

      July 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • mardsgn

      in truth there is some substance to this.. but try to put it into perspective and not use it as an excuse for everything that may not fall in your lap or go your way... really so lame.. counter productive and being unaccountable to your self

      July 3, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • mardsgn

      also... maybe want to think that your thinking is pretty much the same as who or what you are criticizing ... presuming the value or worth of others

      July 3, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Larry

    Where are all the women’s’ right groups gone. I do not see anyone of them coming to the aid of this poor lady. Is it because she is not of European descent.

    July 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    Really classy CNN, is this a predator picture taken next to trophy handcuffs used on its victim?

    July 2, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. HonLincoln

    NY / US owes DSK apology and lots off, yes, lots off money.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. HonLincoln

    NY / US owes DSK apology and lots off, yes, lots off money.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • forest

      i agree with you and i must add those arrogant cops and district attorney what was their excuse he was leaving and let's arrest him cause hemight not come back give me a break you destroy a man's reputation and parade like a monster and you wonder why people hate us around the world .

      July 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. marcos

    I think she made all up come on a man with all that money he can have anithing and any girl he want, she wants some money or maybe its a set up from the goverment of europe trying to make him look bad

    July 2, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Totally and I think someone in France doesn't want him to become PrĂ©sident. May be NY incarcerated the next President of France – that would make for an interesting diplomatic relationship.

      July 2, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. CoffeePartyMember

    It all started with a trial by media and NYC's obsession to nail down an European top finance guy, based on lies of an illegal alien alleged victim.

    July 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. StinkyStu

    The damage is done. If he is guilty then so be it, but if the woman lied then she should be forced to work as an indentured servant for the people of France until she dies.

    July 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. forest

    when he was arrested i wrote he is innocent ,check sarko out and his mosad buddies and cheer leading media clowns .it's french politics and charecter assasination .just imagine if dsk does not have the money for those top lawyers.

    July 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mardsgn

    lwhen is the profession of journalism... who so righteously profess freedom of speech and the ethical rights of their profession... which in principal I support... make the effort of taking a long and critical look at their profession. a profession that seems to be evolving by shaping and providing news in a way that I consider unethical, bias and in a sensationalistic manner. how the media presents political, social and economic concepts and events seems to be much more on an emotional level that consciously push the viewers buttons on issues of social, economic, racial and political. I just have to look to the duke lacrosse scandal or the current Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal and how political viewpoints and issues are being expressed as examples of this. I feel that this increasing and accepted trend is counterproductive and damaging by not longer informing our public of events and concepts in a intelligent, comprehensive and even manner. more alarming is this may be a major factor by our public becoming fairly polarized by not accepting or even listening to viewpoints other than their own or those of their group.

    July 3, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Johnny

    Ummm Who cares! I rather CNN talk about the people dying for their Freedom in the middle East.

    July 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |