Shorter Strauss-Kahn lesson:Video your sexual encounters–it might keep you outta jail!

Holy reversal of fortune, Batman!

A dizzying array of profoundly damaging details about the pious and hard working hotel employee who took down the head of the IMF are cascading into public view

Credibility? Shredded.

Character? Sliced and diced.

History? Shadier than one could imagine.

(I will reproduce the catalog in some detail, for those who cannot access the NY Times):

“Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials said…. Among the discoveries, one of the officials said, are issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering…the woman had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn in which she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against him. The conversation was recorded…That man, the investigators learned, had been arrested on charges of possessing 400 pounds of marijuana. He is among a number of individuals who made multiple cash deposits, totaling around $100,000, into the woman’s bank account over the last two years. The deposits were made in Arizona, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania….she was paying hundreds of dollars every month in phone charges to five companies. The woman had insisted she had only one phone and said she knew nothing about the deposits except that they were made by a man she described as her fiancĂ© and his friends… she told investigators that her application for asylum included mention of a previous rape, but there was no such account in the application. She also told them that she had been subjected to genital mutilation, but her account to the investigators differed from what was contained in the asylum application.”

And this comes from the prosecution! !

What do we learn from this bit of peripetie?

1. When housekeeping offers you a blow job, think twice before you accept,

2. If you are rich and important, video your sex because nothing says innocent like a slo-mo deconstruction.

3. If you are not rich and important, video your sex anyway. You will appreciate having the video later in life as a cherished momento, even if you never need to refer to it for vindication.

4. There is a reason why we have trials, rules of evidence, and juries of our peers. Short circuiting that safeguard is a bad idea.

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