Immunity in rape lawsuit?
NEW YORK - After criminal sexual-assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn dissolved last year in prosecutors' doubts about his accuser's reliability, she vowed to get her day in another court.
The hotel maid's civil case against the former International Monetary Fund chief is now nearing an important point, with a hearing set this week on Strauss-Kahn's claim that diplomatic immunity should insulate him from the lawsuit.
The hearing Wednesday is likely to revolve around the complex laws that shield diplomats from prosecution and lawsuits in their host countries. And Strauss-Kahn's arguments are raising some novel questions about the scope of those laws, experts say.
"This is a very unique set of circumstances, and high-profile, to boot," said Robert C. O'Brien, a former United Nations official who is now the managing partner of Arent Fox LLP's Los Angeles office.
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