Former IMF head to be released on bail

May 19, 2011 1:22:50 PM PDT
Bail granted. That's the ruling today from a New York judge in the attempted rape case of Dominque Strauss-Kahn, the (now former) head of the International Monetary Fund, and a leading candidate in the next presidential election in France.

Strauss-Kahn, accused of attacking a hotel maid in Midtown Manhattan last weekend, was granted a $1 million bail, required to post a $5 million insurance bond, and have a strict home-detention. He will spend one more night in Rikers, and will be released on these conditions Friday.

It was hard to imagine that the judge wouldn't grant him some kind of bail. The charges may be disgusting, but they're not murder. We'll have the latest on the man who just a week ago was the most powerful banker in the world, including the new indictment handed up today.

Also at 11, we'll have reaction to Pres. Obama's Middle East speech today. Lots of headlines, but the most controversial may be his Israeli/Palestinian plan. It's similar to the proposal that Pres. Clinton was pressing in his final three months in office, the one that ended when Yassir Arafat refused to give up East Jerusalem, and Israel refused to give it to the Palestinians.

In the main, the proposal Mr. Clinton was this-close to getting approved isn't all that different than the plan Mr. Obama offered today. Namely, go back to the boundaries of before the 1967 6-day war, giving the West Bank and Gaza to the Palestinians as part of a new state.

The proposal also recognizes the right of Israel to be a secure state.

It's the timing that seems most fascinating: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is meeting at the White House tomorrow. And his reaction was swift: Israel today approved the construction of 1,500 new homes in East Jerusalem a message to Pres. Obama that seems to clearly say, Israel ain't budging on this issue.


Pres. Obama also addressing with the so-called spring uprisings in the Middle East and dealing with how the U.S. has and should react.

Speaking of those uprisings, Osama bin Laden weighs in on them. (And here you thought just because the guy was off'd he'd be off the radar.) His 12-minute audio tape message to his followers is making news, a day after it was posted on Jihadist websites, because it shows his seemingly desperate attempt to stay relevant even while he was hiding in his isolated, removed-from-the-world, mattress-on-the-ground compound.

His message is loaded with strange irony: He praises the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia and Libya, even though the rebels seem to favor democracy and sectarianism over radical Islamic law. But experts say bin Laden hopes his operatives and followers will co-op the demonstrators, and establish in these countries Islamic rule.

Oh, and anyone hoping to cash that $25 million dead-or-alive reward check for bin Laden is apparently out of luck.

U.S. officials say it was electronic surveillance that led to his capture. No reward money is forthcoming.

A lso tonight, our Nina Pineda takes a look at the hype versus reality of those hotels that promote themselves on the Internet. The picture you see may be what you actually see when you get there.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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