NBA Star Bound Over for Trial–But Just Barely, Says Judge

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A judge on Monday ordered Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant to stand trial for sexual assault, a charge that could earn him up to life in prison upon conviction.

As many experts expected, Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett, who presided over a contentious preliminary hearing, ruled he found sufficient probable cause to send Bryant’s case to a judge and jury at the district-court level, reports the Rocky Mountain News.

But in his eight-page ruling, the judge added his voice to those who saw cracks in the prosecution’s case. He wrote that prosecutors presented “what can only be described as a minimal amount of evidence, relying substantially on the use of hearsay evidence, particularly on those elements of submission against will or application of force.”


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