Kobe Bryant Trial Not Likely Before Summer


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.

Link: http://www.insidedenver.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_2427227,00.html

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