A disgusting American ritual

Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 07.58.21The French public, writes Dalrymple,

was rightly appalled

by the way in which the US criminal justice system treated Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The case against him was dropped, but not before he was made to undertake the perpetrator or ‘perp’ walk, which was

not only humiliating but prejudicial, for the very name of this disgusting but now commonplace ritual is contrary to the presumption of innocence.

The judge

presumed DSK’s guilt when she said that his rushed attempt to catch the flight, which he had long booked in advance, indicated a risk of absconding. Although to this day he has not been found guilty of any crime, his life has been, if not ruined exactly, at least profoundly affected by the way in which he was treated.

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