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NEW YORK — After the rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn fell apart, many people have been pointing figures at the accuser, Nafissatou Diallo.

Still there are many political and social reasons the case was dropped, including the drastically different backgrounds of the accuser and the accused.

The Daily Beast Reports:

And Diallo? Her biography is, in fact, a long chronicle of victimization in Africa and in the U.S. She has neither the intellectual nor the financial resources to survive without her job as a maid, or to capitalize on her humiliating celebrity. She can’t read or write. And the gamble that in years to come she may collect a settlement from Strauss-Kahn is not a good bet, now that he’s on his way back to Paris. He may no longer be the leading contender to win the presidential elections there next year, as he was before his arrest. But he’s brilliant and versatile, he’s still got powerful friends, and France is his home turf.

The decision to dismiss was based on a “careful and deliberative review of all the evidence,” Vance said. Questions about the maid’s story appear in hindsight to have made the outcome almost inevitable, and there were hints of trouble from the start. Illuzzi-Orbon was a 23-year veteran of homicide prosecutions—not sex crimes—and the head of Vance’s new Hate Crimes Unit when he put her in charge of the DSK prosecution. Another assistant prosecutor, who’d headed the Sex Crimes Unit for many years, had been moved aside and was on her way out. Illuzzi-Orbon had a reputation as a bulldog in the courtroom. Friends of Diallo say she told them she’d never lost a trial, and she didn’t intend to start now. But rape prosecutions weren’t her specialty.

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