A New York judge dropped criminal charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn yesterday, over three months since he was indicted by a grand jury over allegations that he sexually assaulted housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo in his suite at the Sofitel hotel in New York.
At the time of his indictment, Strauss-Kahn was taken "downtown" by the New York police and paraded in front of the media in a very public "perp walk" that was heavily criticized by many in France.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg also came out against public perp walks, saying, "I've always thought the perp walk was outrageous...even if they're guilty, they're not guilty until they're convicted and yet we vilify them."
Nevertheless, the perp walk remains a common practice across the country.
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