Saturday Open Thread
I just got back from the Farmers Market. Not too many things are worth getting up early on a Saturday, but the produce at the market is so far superior, I didn't mind at all.
Why is Kim Kardashian's wedding getting so much coverage? Does the media think she's the American equivalent of Princess Kate? I certainly don't and could care less.
Manhattan DA Cy Vance is expected to announce Tuesday whether he'll dismiss charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The latest: The DA is asking the accuser's lawyer for documents regarding settlement dicussions with Strauss-Kahn's lawyers in June. There are reports he offered to have the accuser stop cooperating with authorities if a settlement was reached. The private settlement discussions, held in mid-June, were reported by the New York Times on July 27. [More...]
Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Ms. Diallo had discussions in mid-June regarding sharing facts about the case and exploring a potential resolution.
The discussions did not include substantive talk about the case and ended without any agreement, according to a lawyer briefed on the discussions who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because the conversations were private. But a different person briefed on the matter said that Mr. Thompson had sought a monetary settlement.
Thompson denies the accusation. If Vance is going to dismiss the charges, it's probably better for him politically if he can blame the accuser's lawyer for torpedoing the case through improperly offering a money settlement rather than basing it solely on the accuser's false statements. Either way, I think charges will be dismissed Tuesday.
This is an open thread, all topics welcome.
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