Colo. Rape Shield Law Applies in Bryant Case


Colorado’s law protecting rape victims is constitutionally valid and will be applied in deciding what evidence is admissible in the sexual assault trial of the basketball star Kobe Bryant, the judge in the case ruled Thursday.

The New York Times reports that the decision was a blow to Mr. Bryant’s defense lawyers, who argued that the law violated their client’s rights. But it was not very surprising, because trial judges rarely throw out laws that have been through the mill of appeals court review, as Colorado’s rape law has many times since its enactment in the mid-1970’s. The law is intended to protect rape victims from having their pasts used against them.


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