Basketball star Kobe Bryant’s rape trial probably will not occur until after the National Basketball Association season ends late next spring. So concluded observers of yesterday’s 12-minute proceeding in the case in Eagle, Colo.
The court action was viewed by the parents, two brothers and a cousin of the woman who has accused Bryant. The Rocky Mountain News said “a solemn Bryant, wearing a silver-gray suit and black buttoned-up shirt, sat with his hands folded in his first appearance before the judge who will oversee his trial, Eagle County District Court Judge Terry Ruckriegle.”
Colorado’s six-month speedy trial rule will not begin until Bryant enters a plea. He has denied the charge and says the June 30 sexual encounter at a luxury resort near Eagle was consensual.
The accuser’s family members who attended “felt it was important to let people know there is a real person in this case and that she has support,” said Krista Flannigan, the Eagle County District Attorney’s spokeswoman.
Bryant won’t enter a plea until after at least two hearings set for Dec. 19 and Jan. 23. Afer the plea, the speedy-trial law gives the state six months to hold the trial.