Prosecutors and Dominique Strauss-Kahn's defense team have agreed to push back the upcoming hearing in the case, to August 1 from July 18, giving Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. and his team more time to decide whether or not to dismiss the sexual assault charges against Strauss-Kahn, offer him a plea bargain, or pursue the case full bore. According to the Times, Assistant DA Joan Illuzi-Orbon, who is heading up the Strauss-Kahn case, wrote in her request to the court that the move would "provide both parties with additional time for their investigations." The defense adamantly believes that the case will go away, stating, "We hope that during this time, the district attorney will make the necessary decision to dismiss the case."

Yesterday, supporters of Strauss-Kahn's accuser, including State Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, gathered in Harlem to send a message to the DA's office that the case should continue to be "vigorously" prosecuted, despite blows to the woman's credibility and allegations that the she was a prostitute. "This is a powerful white man; this is a very poor African woman. For us to ignore race would not really be looking at reality," Perkins told the paper. Strauss-Kahn's attorney said of the gathering, "It's fine to have a rally, but this woman lied in the grand jury. But the question isn't whether she has political support or is a good person. No number of rallies is going to change the facts."

Meanwhile, Strauss-Kahn's attorneys in France made good on their threats and have filed a defamation suit against the journalist accusing him of sexual assault in 2003. French officials are continuing to review the complaint that the woman, Tristane Banon, made against Strauss-Kahn, alleging that he removed her bra and attempted to remove her jeans, and will ultimately decide whether or not to prosecute him.