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DA Says "No Decisions" Made After Meeting With DSK Lawyers



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    Manhattan prosecutors have made no decision about charges of attempted rape in the tumultuous case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn after a meeting Wednesday with his defense attorneys.

    A spokeswoman for the district attorney said: "The investigative process is continuing, and no decisions have been made."

    Strauss-Kahn attorney Benjamin Brafman said the meeting was constructive but declined to comment further.

    There was speculation that prosecutors have been trying to save the crumbling case by having the former head of the International Monetary Fund plead to a lesser charge, perhaps a misdemeanor.

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    Later Wednesday, a lawyer for the hotel maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her asked for a special prosecutor to pursue the case.

    Kenneth Thompson asked District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in a letter to recuse his office from the case and appoint a special prosecutor. Thompson says he believes the DA's office is behind various media reports attributed to anonymous sources.

    Thompson says he wants to ensure the woman's rights "are not further prejudiced by deliberate acts seeking to undermine her credibility."

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    A spokeswoman for Vance said in a statement that the DA's office strongly disagrees "with how the office and the work of the assistant district attorneys have been characterized. Any suggestion that this office should be recused is wholly without merit.”

    A judge released Strauss-Kahn from house arrest on Friday after investigators said they discovered significant problems with the credibility of the hotel maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her at the Sofitel on May 14.

    The prosecution said in court last week that it was not moving to dismiss charges "at this time," but acknowledged the case was turned upside down after revelations that the maid had lied about parts of her past and her account of what happened on May 14.

    The meeting, according to sources, was to discuss the state of the case and a possible resolution.

    The maid's attorney said last week that evidence shows the woman was attacked in the Strauss-Kahn case, including her ripped stockings and DNA evidence on her clothing that matched a sample from him.

    Defense lawyers have argued there was no "forcible" encounter. Strauss-Kahn denies that he attempted to rape the maid.

    Read a timeline of the case here.