Doubts in IMF sex case produce public criticism

By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZ | July 13, 2011 | 2:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors are privately deciding what to do with the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

But an increasingly loud public debate is shaping up between legal experts who say the case is doomed and advocates and politicians who argue the prosecution should go forward.

New York lawmakers joined activists at a news conference over the weekend to call on prosecutors to press on with the case.

Some other advocates held a similar gathering outside the courthouse last week, and some newspaper columnists have also weighed in.

The former leader of the International Monetary Fund is free without bail. His attorneys and prosecutors agreed Monday to postpone his next court date until Aug. 1.