Wouldn't you if your boss snatched away the highest profile rape case to come your way, one that your division was particularly equipped to handle? This huge loss for the NY D.A's office comes at a time when the NYT is questioning why DA Cyrus Vance decided not to put the delicate Strauss-Kahn case through the Sex Crimes Unit, which has considerable expertise in this area and knows where the pitfalls lie. Vance wanted publicity, and by jove he got it. More details and a trailer for the HBO film is below.
Dana Harris of indieWIRE has been tracking this story and has posted Friel's letter to her friends and colleagues explaining her departure. Friel says that she told her higher-ups this past week that she would be looking for a new job and leaving her post in September, and would continue to work in the unit (but not as chief) if she did not land anything in the private sector by then.
The fact remains that Vance and Co. would have been a lot better off if Friel and her team had handled this investigation, which the French have protested. Now the case may be falling apart.