Wednesday , Jul , 30 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Bryant’s attorneys don’t want cameras in courtroom

Pamela Mackey

Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant’s attorney’s (Pamela Mackey) would like the courtroom to be free of television cameras when the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar enters on August 6 to begin proceedings in his sexual assault case.

Bryant's attorneys don't want cameras in courtroom

Bryant’s lawyers asked a judge Tuesday to reconsider his decision to allow cameras in the courtroom.

Another development in the high profile case occurred when Eagle County Judge Fred Gannett issued a warning to reporters that they may not get a seat in his courtroom if they publish the name or photograph of the alleged victim.

Earlier, Gannett had ordered attorneys from both sides, court personnel, law enforcement officers and witnesses involved in the Bryant case to refrain from releasing information because of the media frenzy that has followed the superstar’s arrest.

Other events that have transpired as a result of Bryant’s legal problems are that he will not play for the United States in the Olympic qualifying tournament next month in Puerto Rico. Toronto Raptors guard Vince Carter was added to the 2003 USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team to replace Bryant.

In an apparent attempt to heal wounds on the home front, Bryant purchased a rare diamond worth $4 million for his wife Vanessa. The Los Angeles Lakers guard has admitted to having sex with a 19-year-old hotel clerk, but denies charges of raping her.

Since Bryant’s arrest on felony sexual assault on July 4, the case has drawn enormous public interest and information on the parties involved has been the main objective for the press.

According to police reports and witnesses, the woman accusing Bryant overdosed twice in the past five months. University of Northern Colorado officials confirmed that on February 25 the woman had to be taken by campus police to a hospital.

That news came on the heels of confirmed reports that the woman ingested too many prescription pills in the spring and had to be rushed from her parents’ home to the emergency room. That overdose came in the midst of a series of emotional troubles the alleged victim has endured, including a breakup with a boyfriend and the death of a close friend.

According to the police complaint, Bryant had sex with the woman against her will on June 30 at the upscale Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. The woman worked at the front desk and Bryant was a guest from June 30 to July 2. The 24-year- old Bryant was in Colorado to have a surgical procedure performed on his right knee at Vail Steadman Hawkins Clinic.

If convicted, Bryant faces from four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation.

Bryant was the NBA’s second-leading scorer last season, averaging a career- high 30 points to go along with 6.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists. He has won three world championships with the Lakers.