Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case on the ‘Verge of Collapse’; Two Men Cleared of Lower East Side Murder After 19 Years


• The case of an alleged sexual assault on a Sofitel maid by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former IMF chair, is reportedly on the “verge of collapse.” Investigators are concerned with the credibility of the housekeeper, and according to the New York Times, “prosecutors now do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.” They are discussing whether to dismiss charges entirely after finding possible links between the woman and people involved in money laundering and drug dealing, among other discoveries. The woman maintains that she was attacked. [NYT]

Robert Marshall, a homeless schizophrenic who murdered a woman at her Queens home and then helped himself to a cheese sandwich, got 15 years to life at a sentencing yesterday. [NYP]

• Two men have been cleared of murder after spending 19 years in jail for a Lower East Side “drug-related ambush” in 1989 that left two dead and two wounded. [NYDN]

• There is a horrible, vile, disgusting puddle growing on 33rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Its origin is a mystery, but all agree that it smells terrible. [DNA Info]

Protestors are fighting goose-icide in Inwood. [NBC NY]

• Things to worry about: A Portland man says he was bitten by a scorpion on a flight from Seattle to Alaska. Authorities think the scorpion got on in Texas, where the flight originated. [Pat’s Papers]

• Happy pre-long-weekend Friday! The weather will be nearly perfect. [Weather]