|Tonight: NYC Rally In Support of Sexual Assault Victim Nafissatou Diallo|
New York City Council Member Letitia James, NOW, Permanent Wave, and other women's advocacy groups have banded together to organize tonight's rally and press conference to request continuation of Nafissatou Diallo's case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Three months after the indictment and arrest of Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has decided to ask a judge to dismiss the case.
Nafissatou Diallo and her attorney, Kenneth Thompson, filed a motion today asking a judge to halt proceedings in the case and appoint a special prosecutor.
"We're calling for a special prosecutor to prevent Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from irreparably damaging Ms. Diallo's right to have her criminal case go to trial, " Thompson said. The motion cites allegations of "abuse of confidence, unfair treatment and bias and prejudices," by Vance that make him unfit to try the case.
If Vance's request is granted, the former IMF chief will no longer face criminal charges related to allegations that he sexually assaulted Diallo. A status hearing for the case is set for Tuesday.
For more information on the rally and its supporters, visit the event's Facebook page.
Rally/ Press Conference to Support DSK Sexual Assault Victim Nafissatou Diallo
Tonight, August 22, 2011
Photo: Louis Lanzano/AP
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