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The subsequent charges that have linked DSK to a series of abusive sexual encounters with other women as well as a French police probe of a prostitution ring that reached through a network of luxury hotels in France and Washington serve to underscore the cowardice of the New York prosecutors.

Even though Mr. Solomon’s story is still unfolding in our daily newspapers, he has managed to tell it with all the suspense of the best whodunit. Except in this case, we know from the start who did it.

• James Srodes, a former Washington bureau chief for Forbes and Financial World magazines, is the author of “On Dupont Circle,” which will be published by Counterpoint in August.