Granting Strauss-Kahn bail might help to calm French anger since many French citizens were appalled to see an individual who was so highly regarded in politics being held at Rikers Island, New York’s jail.
The bail agreement will reunite Strauss-Kahn with his wife, Ann Sinclair, an American-born journalist, and his daughter, who is a graduate student in New York.
On Thursday, prosecutors continued to maintain he was a flight risk and opposed the bail package. A key factor is that France will not extradite its own citizens.
“Our position is there is no bail package at this time that would ensure his return,” said Assistant District Attorney John McConnell. “This court must be satisfied that he will come back.... His own conduct in this case has shown a propensity for impulsive criminal conduct.”
In his letter of resignation to the IMF on Wednesday, Strauss-Kahn said he wanted to devote all his strength, time and energy to proving his innocence.
“I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me,” he wrote.
At the hearing, prosecutors maintained their case was growing stronger and that the forensic evidence would help them prove their case.
Outside lawyers say it’s normal for individuals accused of sexual assault to have some kind of bail set.
“It’s a serious crime obviously, but in the overwhelming majority of cases a judge will set some kind of bail,” says Alan Kaufman, a former federal prosecutor, now a partner at the New York law firm Kelley Drye & Warren. “He is entitled to some bail but the purpose is to assure he appears in court when he is required to.”