A Colorado judge has refused a request by the Vail Daily to unseal records of 911 calls from the house of Kobe Bryant’s accuser. Authorities said the records normally would not be made public, and the woman presented an affidavit from a psychologist who said the release of the records would be “tremendously harmful” to her and could jeopardize her safety, the Denver Post reports.
“Release of these records,” Judge Richard Hart wrote, “would no doubt result in widespread dissemination followed by endless commentary and analysis, and would significantly impact … a fair resolution of the criminal proceedings.”
Ed Sands, attorney for the town of Eagle applauded the ruling and complained that it cost the city $8,500 to defend its actions.
The Vail Daily quoted its attorney, Rohn Robbins, said the judge’s ruling in the government’s favor is like playing in “a football game with someone whose uncle is the referee….”This amounts to the appearance of the court protecting the actions of the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office. That’s in no way to suggest that what they have done is inappropriate, but we can’t know until it’s exposed to the light of day.”