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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:
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
I sat in a taxi with Emma and her son, Stak, all three bodies muscled into the rear seat, and the boy checked the driver’s I.D. and immediately began to speak to the man in an unrecognizable language.
I conferred quietly with Emma, who said he was studying Pashto, privately, in his spare time. Afghani, she said, to enlighten me further.
Age at death last March of the sturgeon Nikita, Khrushchev’s gift to Norway, after an accidental immersion in salt water:
There were new reports of cannibalism in North Korea.
The Finnish postal service announced it will begin mowing lawns on Tuesdays.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”