With Each Twist in Strauss-Kahn Case, City Sees Further Reflections of Itself

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(New York Times) — The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, with its deep undercurrents of international power, sex, race and political ambition, seemed a good Rorschach test for how New Yorkers see their city.  Some sided with the hotel housekeeper, a native of Guinea, whom they saw, initially, as a paragon of the immigrant work ethic. Others said they suspected opportunism from the start.  Some reveled in seeing a powerful man laid low; others saw the news media’s intense coverage as an unfair spectacle, a trial by headline.  Now, with Mr. Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, freed from house arrest and his accuser’s credibility gravely undermined, a case that could have been written for television has grown even more complex. To many New Yorkers, it has also revealed more about how the city works, for better or for worse.

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