Monday , Aug , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Prosecutors in Kobe Bryant case suffer another setback

Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – The prosecution in the sexual assault case
involving NBA star Kobe Bryant suffered another setback on Monday when the
Colorado Supreme Court denied an appeal of a ruling that allows Bryant’s
attorneys to discuss the accuser’s sex life with the jury.

District Judge Terry Ruckriegle ruled last month that the defense team can use
information gathered from the woman’s sexual conduct in the 72 hours prior to
her hospital exam, which took place 15 hours after her encounter with the All-
Star guard.

There was no explanation as to why the justices ruled against considering the
appeal. The order was released as the final pretrial hearing for Bryant got
underway.

Jury selection is set to begin on August 27.

The 25-year-old Bryant is accused of sexually assaulting a then 19-year-old
woman more than a year ago at a Colorado resort, a Class 3 felony with
penalties ranging from four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on
probation.

Bryant, who was in Colorado for surgery on his right knee at the time of the
alleged assault, claimed the two had consensual sex.

LAL