May 17 - Used by American police to embarrass suspects, perpetrators are often walked in front of the media. Julie Noce reports.
EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL It's as American as apple pie and baseball.... parading the accused in front of hungry cameras. IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn joins an elite club, sharing the ranks with the likes of Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, and former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay... all of whom suffered a walk through the flash bulb gauntlet. The act of leading a perpetrator past the media -- often referred to in the business as the "perp walk"-- is commonly used to embarrass would-be criminals. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GRAHAM WISNER, ATTORNEY WITH PATTON BOGGS, SAYING: "I suppose there is an element of theater in it, but for the most part in the United States, it is a practice utilized by the police to humiliate suspects. Now, of course, that is a contradiction with the of the fundamental principles of American jurisprudence whereby you are innocent until proven guilty. And there is at least a perception in this case, that the perp as we call him, or the suspect, is guilty when he walks with a shamed face in front of all of the cameras." For now, Strauss-Kahn has been moved to a holding cell at the infamous Rikers Island prison... further elevating his status as one of New York's boldest. And as damaging as a perp walk might seem, movie stars and politicians have survived it in the past, many going on to bigger and better things. Afterall, as they say in Hollywood, there's no such thing as bad publicity. Julie Noce, Reuters