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DSK attys press immunity claim at NY suit hearing

March 29, 2012 • Business


Douglas McKeon presides in the case of the status of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Bronx state Supreme Court in New York, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers tried to persuade a judge Wednesday to throw out a hotel maid’s lawsuit against the former International Monetary Fund leader, arguing that he has diplomatic immunity from a civil case that stems from the same sexual assault allegations that were dropped in criminal court last year. (AP Photo/Stan Honda, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — As a deepening sex scandal surrounds Dominique Strauss-Kahn, his lawyers tried Wednesday to end a lawsuit over the hotel-room encounter that spurred international scrutiny of his behavior toward women.

At a hearing that centered on a complicated corner of international law, they tried to persuade a judge that the former International Monetary Fund chief has diplomatic immunity from a hotel maid’s lawsuit claiming he sexually assaulted her. Her accusations prompted criminal charges that ultimately were dropped, but they touched off a growing slate of allegations about his conduct.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers aim to persuade a judge to dismiss the civil case, too. That “may seem like an unfair result to some, but it’s the result the law compels,” Strauss-Kahn attorney lawyer Amit P. Mehta Login to read more

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