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In an interview with Spain’s El Público, I discuss the latest reversals in the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Why is the District Attorney trying to secure a reduced-charge guilty plea? Why did the prosecutors use a televised “perp walk,” and why this is a common practice even though it clearly violates the presumption of innocence? What is likely to happen to the young hotel maid in light of questions about the truthfulness of statements she made to immigration authorities? (Incidentally, the interview incorrectly identifies me as a former chair of the ABA’s Committee on International Law. In fact, I formerly chaired this committee at the New York City Bar Association.)
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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