The bankster buster invokes Roman Polanski

We have to give a thumbs up to the mainstream press’s handling of the inevitable Roman Polanski references made when prosecutors invoked the auter when arguing against bail for IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, charged with sexually assaulting a maid in a Manhattan luxury hotel.

Take Jennifer Peltz of the Associated Press, who wrote that Manhattan Criminal Court Supervising Judge Melissa C. Jackson

ultimately decided Strauss-Kahn was too much of a flight risk to set any bail, after underscoring that she was keeping her considerations circumspect. When a prosecutor [Chief Assistant District Attorney Daniel Alonso — esnl] brought up the case of Roman Polanski – the film director whom Switzerland has declined to extradite for sentencing in a 1977 California child sex case – Jackson courteously but firmly cut off that discussion.

“I will note that Roman Polanski has nothing to do with this,” she said. “I am trying to be objective, and I am not going to judge this individual on the basis of what happened with Roman Polanski.”

Read the rest.

It’s refreshing to see that Peltz and other MSM reporters got it mostly right, unlikely the so many bloggers, who have written repeatedly that Polanski had fled to avoid trial [Andrew Breitbart, that leading mouthpiece for neocon propaganda being a notable example].

But none of the stories have reported that Polanski had already served the prison sentence agreed to by all parties, including the district attorney’s office, the family of the young woman, and the judge himself. Polanski fled, as we’ve noted many times before, because the judge was breaking the agreement after Polanski had already served his time, more time than recommended by the state’s own psychiatric experts and the probation officer assigned to the case.

But why let the facts get in the way of a good story, right? Or a celebrity analogy.

Now for the banker himself.

We’ve read repeated allegations from bloggers of left and libertarian bent suggesting that Strauss-Kahn was the target of a setup of the only viable candidate to oppose French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Strauss-Kahn, we are told is a socialist, and therefore the logical target of a takeout.

Perhaps. But then what kind of genuine socialist heads the IMF, the financial enforcement arm of the Washington/Wall Street power nexus? And what kind of real socialist stays in $3,000-a-night luxury hotel suites?

As for the French Socialist Party, consider her the “Old Gray Mare” we used to sing about when as Baby Boomer gradeschoolers: “She ain’t what she used to be.”

Today’s French socialist party bears as much resemblance to its founders as Barack Obama does to, say, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Though, like FDR, the French socialists do like their luxury.

We don’t preclude the possibility of entrapment, but we Strauss-Kahn’s own background suggests a certain nonchalance, at the least, towards women.

And what kind of socialist is a fellow when folks like odious neocon apologist Ben Stein rise to his defense?

We’ll keep an open mind on the Strauss-Kahn case, as well as an open ear for more Polanski references.


6 responses to “The bankster buster invokes Roman Polanski

  1. Russian Communists had a stash of Rolls Royces…Doesn’t matter what party people in politics like flashy stuff.

  2. The comparison between Strauss-Kahn and Polanski is not very apt at all. Polanski cooperated with the court for an entire year before he fled. Strauss-Kahn tried to leave before he entered the court system.

    I would say that in the case of Strauss-Kahn, if it is true he left his cellphone and clothing at the hotel while running to the airport and boarding the plane, then that is a strong indication of guilt. Likewise, I would say that Polanski staying within the court system for a year while out on bail, and also returning from Germany when the judge ordered him to come back, was and is a strong indication of innocence.

  3. Another Frenchman released from house-arrest!!!!!

    As you said always good to have an open mind on sexual assault cases. Looks like there are some problems with this Strauss-Kahn case now in Kahn’s favor (although if he is innocent – much damage to his emotional and political life already done)

    Strauss-Kahn released without bail, case in doubt

    The Woman in Question: Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Accuser,8599,2080993,00.html?xid=feed-yahoo-top-linkbox

    Finally where is Gloria Allmuck?

  4. Are you feeling lucky Dominique Strauss-Kahn?

    Lawyer for Strauss-Kahn’s Accuser Expects Charges to Be Dropped

  5. He’s lucky. But he may have been through a nightmare and he may or may not run for French Presidency.

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