Strauss-Kahn free as appeal denied in sex case

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York appeals court has denied a request for a special prosecutor in the sex assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, meaning the charges are officially dismissed.

The appeals court agreed with another court's ruling that there was no legal basis for a special prosecutor.

Attorneys for the woman accusing the former leader of the International Monetary Fund had requested one because they felt Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance was biased.

Prosecutors on Tuesday argued the case should be dismissed because they did not have faith in the credibility of the hotel maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in his luxury suite in May.

State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus said he would dismiss the charges, pending the ruling from the appeals court. The denial means Strauss-Kahn is free.