Dominique Strauss-Kahn was practically the next president of France until he was accused of sexually assaulting a maid at a New York hotel. Now law enforcement officials are telling the New York Times that the maid has "repeatedly lied" since her initial report last month and that "prosecutors do not believe much of what [she] has told them about the circumstances or herself."
This dramatic reversal shows why it is so important for reporters and for all of us to remember that a person accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Anyone can accuse anyone of anything. But only the trial process gives both sides an opportunity to present their cases.