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Basketball: Kobe's Case

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posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 07:31 PM
Any information, and things about kobe bryant and his case, that is helpful or we should know?

posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 08:32 PM
I'm ashamed to say this but I saw the picture of the woman accusing him (tabloid newspaper) and must say:


[Edited on 04/10/03 by Cannon]


posted on Mar, 16 2004 @ 05:40 PM
Guilty or Innocent?


posted on Mar, 16 2004 @ 07:56 PM
A judge has admonished attorneys involved in he Kobe Bryant sexual assault case to abide by his gag order nearly two weeks after the accuser's lawyer denied defense claims she had sex with someone else hours after the alleged attack.

In a one-paragraph order, Eagle County District Judge Terry Ruckriegle said prosecutors, defense attorneys and the woman's attorney have made statements in news releases, to the media and in open court that may be contrary to his order.

"The court deems it appropriate and necessary to caution counsel and their representatives to abide by the spirit of the order," Ruckriegle said in a court filing made public Monday.

In a filing Monday, Bryant's attorneys asked Ruckriegle to force the prosecution to provide evidence it has not already turned over, saying prosecutors have failed to fully respond to seven such requests since September.

Among the evidence the defense is seeking are the names of everybody that law enforcement officials know to have made statements concerning the alleged victim's mental or medical condition and details of what they said; all information regarding compensation paid to the woman by any state or local government agency; any information about her plans to file a civil lawsuit against Bryant; and any information about her plans to publish a book.

Defense attorney Hal Haddon also said the defense has asked for information about what the woman had told the author of a book on the case and all information that could show Bryant is innocent, known as Brady material.

"The prosecution may not shirk its constitutional disclosure obligations under Brady like the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand," Haddon wrote.

In a rare public statement on March 2, attorney John Clune who represents Bryant's accuser said she did not have sex with someone else hours after the alleged attack, hoping to defuse an explosive defense claim.

The woman has told police she had sex with someone two days before the alleged attack. The defense, however, insists she slept with multiple partners that week, including someone less than 15 hours after her encounter with Bryant.

The woman has accused the Los Angeles Lakers star of raping her June 30 at a mountain resort where she worked. Bryant, 25, has said the two had consensual sex. He faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation if convicted of the felony sexual assault charge.

During a March 24-25 hearing, Bryant's attorneys will question the 19-year-old woman in detail about her sexual past after the Colorado Supreme Court denied a prosecution appeal last week.

Bryant attorneys had subboenaed the woman, saying he has a right to confront his accuser. Prosecutors had asked Ruckriegle and the high court to set limits on defense questioning, arguing that the woman's sexual conduct in the days surrounding her encounter with Bryant is irrelevant.

The defense is expected to ask the woman about previous sexual partners in hopes of backing up their claim that she had a scheme to sleep with Bryant. They also say injuries found on the woman during a hospital exam could have come from other sexual partners in the days surrounding her encounter with Bryant.


posted on Mar, 24 2004 @ 07:21 PM
Kobe Bryant's accuser testified about her sex life for more than three hours Wednesday during a closed-door hearing that will determine whether any of the information can be introduced at the NBA star's rape trial.

The 19-year-old woman sat in a courtroom just a few feet from Bryant, the first time they had faced each other since their encounter last summer.

Experts said she was probably questioned about the most intimate details of her life.

"The hard questions will make her quite sober as to what she's got to face and maybe put it in her mind what will happen at trial," said Southwestern University School of Law professor Robert Pugsley.

The tall blonde slipped into the courthouse through a fire exit as her parents entered through another door. Appearing calm and composed, she ignored a throng of reporters and photographers as she walked into the courtroom. She was finished by lunch, though it was unclear whether she will have to return for more testimony.

The next witness was Mandy Ross, a former roommate of the woman at the University of Northern Colorado. Also in the courthouse was Robert Pietrack, a high school classmate of the woman who worked as a bellhop at the resort where the alleged attack took place. He is believed to be the first person she spoke to after the incident.

Bryant, 25, faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation if convicted of felony sexual assault. The Los Angeles Lakers guard has said he had consensual sex last June with the woman at the Vail-area resort.

The defense says the woman had multiple sexual partners the week of the alleged assault and that semen from someone other than Bryant was found in her underwear during a hospital exam.

The defense says her sexual history should be admitted because it could show her injuries were caused by another sexual partner and that she had a "scheme" to have sex with Bryant and others, possibly to gain the attention of an ex-boyfriend.

The prosecution fought to limit defense questioning, but was rebuffed by state District Judge Terry Ruckriegle and the Colorado Supreme Court.

Former prosecutor Craig Silverman, who has been following the case, said the hearing was an "audition" for the trial during which both sides can learn about each other and about the woman's behavior as a witness.

"I imagine they [Bryant's attorneys] will be soft and easy at the start to gather as much as possible and wait until the end to become belligerent to see how she reacts," Silverman said.

Colorado's rape-shield law, like others around the country, generally bars defense attorneys from bringing up information about an alleged victim's sex life. Judges, however, can hear such testimony in private to determine whether the information is relevant and admissible as evidence.

Pugsley said defense attorneys will probably try to intimidate prosecutor Mark Hurlbert into dropping the case by showing him what they know about the woman. Hurlbert, who declined comment Wednesday, has said he is confident he has enough evidence for a conviction.

Another closed-door hearing resumes Thursday on a request by Bryant's lawyers to throw out evidence including the NBA star's recorded statements to investigators and a T-shirt stained with the accuser's blood.


posted on Mar, 27 2004 @ 08:16 AM
Judge might rule agaisnt early trial date

Despite an impassioned plea from the accuser's family to quicken the pace, hearings in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case most likely will stretch through at least mid-May.

The 19-year-old woman accusing the NBA star of rape asked the judge Thursday to set a trial date soon to bring an end to the relentless media scrutiny and death threats she said she has endured since last summer.

"Her life is on hold and her safety is in jeopardy until this case is over," the woman's mother wrote in a letter accompanying a court filing seeking "swift resolution" of the pretrial proceedings.

But lawyers were not able to finish up closed-door hearings this week on two topics: whether the accuser's sexual history can be introduced at trial, and whether statements by Bryant and some physical evidence should be thrown out.

The hearing on the woman's sexual history will resume in late April because several subpoenaed witnesses were not available this week, state courts spokeswoman Karen Salaz said.

The hearing on whether to throw out other evidence went more slowly than anybody anticipated and will resume April 2, Salaz said.

More hearings are scheduled May 10-12. Other unresolved issues include a defense request to introduce the woman's medical and mental health history as evidence and a defense challenge of the state's rape-shield law.

That law bars defense attorneys from bringing up an alleged victim's sexual history in most cases.

Bryant, 25, is accused of attacking the woman last June at the Vail-area resort where she worked and he was a guest. He has said they had consensual sex.

If convicted of felony sexual assault, the Los Angeles Lakers guard faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation.

In the request to speed up the process, the alleged victim's attorney said she has received "literally hundreds of phone calls and e-mails threatening either death or mutilation." "None of these consequences will end until after this case goes to trial," attorney John Clune wrote.

Clune's filing said prosecutors have no objection to setting a trial date. Prosecution spokeswoman Krista Flannigan said she could not comment.

The defense wants details of the woman's sex life admitted to back up its claim that she might have been injured during sex with someone else the week of her encounter with Bryant.

Bryant's attorneys also are trying to suppress evidence including a T-shirt stained with the woman's blood and a secretly taped recording of Bryant's statements to investigators the night after the alleged attack last summer.

The woman herself testified for more than three hours Wednesday, the first time she has faced Bryant since then. She was followed on the witness stand by several acquaintances, including former co-worker Robert Pietrack, believed to be the first person she told about the alleged rape.

Most media organizations have not disclosed her identity, but her name and image have been plastered across the Internet and supermarket tabloids for months. Three men have been arrested and charged with making death threats against her.

In the letter, the woman's mother told the judge her daughter has lived in four states in the past six months and that she and her husband are constantly worried about her safety.

She had sharp criticism of the media for forcing her daughter to live on the run.

"She can't live at home, she can't live with relatives, she can't go to school or talk to her friends," she wrote. "Even the defendant is able to continue living in his home and continue with his employment."

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