Eagle County, Co., prosecutor Mark Hurlbert will tap expertise from other Colorado prosecutors as he handles the case against basketball star Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Support began before the charges were filed with advice and the promise of financial aid from the two most powerful prosecutors in the state, Atty. Gen. Ken Salazar and Denver Dist. Atty. William Ritter. “We are all going to do what we can to assist a small rural office in a high-profile case,” Ritter said. “This is a team effort. Mark spelled out what he required and everyone responded.”
Hurlbert gained the full-time services of Ingrid Bakke, a respected Boulder prosecutor who specializes in sexual assault cases. He can count on district attorneys from large offices in Denver and Jefferson counties to author prosecution motions and respond to the anticipated motions from Bryant’s well-financed defense team.
Though his 5th Judicial District operates on a shoestring budget, Hurlbert is taking in money for a case that could cost state taxpayers millions. Eagle County commissioners pledged $105,000 last week and the Colorado District Attorneys council is prepared to use an emergency fund that could help pay for expert witnesses, travel costs and transcript fees.
At the meeting with district attorneys statewide before the case was filed, state attorney Salazar, who has 210 lawyers on staff, and Denver D.A. Ritter, who has 65, were the first to pledge support. Others followed suit.