Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Stiller Gambit

I'm sure you've all heard the news that the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and possible future candidate for the presidency of France, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been arrested on sexual assault charges.

Strauss-Kahn is accused of attacking a maid who had gone in to clean his penthouse suite Saturday afternoon at a luxury hotel near Times Square. He is charged with attempted rape, sex abuse, a criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn has pleaded "not guilty" and denies all of the charges. So, as most men of means will do, he's hired a top lawyer whose previous clients included defendants with colorful nicknames such as Vincent "The Chin" Gigante and Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, to defend him against the charges.

Believe me, this lawyer is no slouch, and probably worth every penny he's being paid. Word in the street has it that he's already put together a Teflon defense that's sure to convince any potential juror of his client's innocence.

Rumor further has is that he's calling his defense of Strauss-Kahn, "The Stiller Gambit". The strategy behind the Stiller Gambit is to deflect blame for this alleged criminal behavior from Strauss-Kahn himself, and onto the pharmaceutical industry. It seems pretty clever to me.

Here's the reasoning behind the gambit and why it's allegedly supposed to succeed -

Remember - Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat.


  1. It looks like it didn't take very long for the IMF to find a suitable replacement.

  2. Via Reuters - Here is a timeline on Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief, since he was arrested in New York on May 2011.

    Timeline: France's Strauss-Kahn faces new sex probe

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