Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A poem for DSK

Dominique had whispered in all the right ears
He'd learned his lesson from many careers:
With a little nudging
He might escape all judging
But this time he's still up for twenty years

Click that link if you've made it through the day without being reminded how badly the rich can behave when given half a chance. According to the story (which is both anonymously sourced and from the NY Post, so take it with a grain of salt) Dominique Strauss-Kahn's wealthy buddies are trying to bribe the family of his alleged victim, so that they, in turn, encourage his victim to drop the rape charges.

It's been a relief to know that some crimes remain inescapable and inexcusable, even for the privileged. And it's hard not to find a little bit of grim satisfaction in the collective French horror at seeing one of their favorite sons hauled off in chains.

Still, if the Post story is to be believed, privilege isn't going to go down without a fight. Well, fine. Like the Post suggests, if DSK is guilty, there's surely plenty of evidence against him. Do these shadowy benefactors really think they're helping their friend? If anything, the prosecutors are liable to redouble their efforts if they catch anyone trying to bribe their chief witness. DSK underestimated the American justice system once, and looks like he and his ilk are walking into the same trap all over again.

In the meantime, my grim satisfaction at seeing justice done has just gotten a little less grim and little more satisfying.

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