Bryant Judge To Release Part Of Closed Hearing

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The judge handling the Kobe Bryant case will lift a media gag order by releasing an edited version of a transcript from a hearing on the Colorado rape victims’ privacy law, the Rocky Mountain News reports. Following orders from a U.S. Supreme Court justice, Eagle County Judge Terry Ruckriegle ordered prosecutors and Bryant’s attorneys to draft a redacted version of the transcript that a clerk had mistakenly sent to seven news organizations. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer told Ruckriegle to release the transcript or face another legal appeal from the media.

An advocate for rape victims said release of the transcripts will hurt the alleged victim’s right to privacy. Kathie Kramer of Denver’s Rape Assistance and Awareness Program said, “We hope that as little of this intimate and private information as possible is released to the media and the public.” The seven entities that received the erroneous e-mail have not published reports of the hearing, but appealed Ruckriegle’s decision to the Colorado Supreme Court. That court sided with Ruckriegle, saying a victim’s privacy rights trump the First Amendment.


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