“As a former sex crimes prosecutor myself, I wouldn’t want to try this case,” said Allison Leotta, until recently an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., where the federal lawyers act as local prosecutors…

Not so to former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. He notes that the maid was in Strauss-Kahn’s room only briefly — a timeline that, to him, casts doubt on a consensual encounter — and that DNA evidence shows something sexual happened.

“The prosecution still has the makings of a very strong case there,” said Cox, also a former prosecutor in Detroit. He’s now in private practice…

“At every step of the way, the district attorney’s office made the right decisions,” spokeswoman Erin Duggan said.

Some legal experts agree. Once the woman made what seemed like a believable report, “Are you going to say, `He’s a very important man — we’re not going to take your word for it?'” asked Fordham Law School professor James A. Cohen.