Flight risk

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the wealthy and well-connected European head of the International Monetary Fund, has been accused of attempted rape and related charges. The judge refused to release him on bail, saying Strauss-Kahn is a flight risk – an American legal term for a wealthy and well-connected European accused of a sex crime.

Now we’ll see just how connected he is, and how committed to justice the U.S. government is. I’m not making any bets.

UPDATE 5 July 2011: Strauss-Kahn has been released on his own recognizance. News accounts mention questions about the credibility of his accuser. The charges have not been dropped, and Strauss-Kahn is still supposed to stay in the country.

UPDATE 24 August 2011: At the prosecutor’s request the judge has dismissed all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn “because of issues with the credibility of his accuser.”