Lead Stories, Week of Jul 06, 2011
July 08, 2011
Morgenthau Defends Manhattan DA
Robert Morgenthau, the man who held Cyrus Vance Jr's seat as Manhattan District Attorney for 35 years before him, yesterday came to his defense over the handling of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case. The background of the woman who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault has been called into question by information discovered by Vance's office. Supporters said Vance acted ethically in bringing the concerns to the court's attention, critics said his office rushed for an indictment before investigating her background. Morgenthau says Vance couldn't have acted more ethically, and that is the benchmark the office should be held against. Meanwhile, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association is calling on Vance to reopen the Deutsche Bank fire case that resulted in no criminal charges.