Kobe Bryant heads back to Colorado this week for a court appearance that will look and sound very much like the first one three months ago: a legal formality.
Dozens of reporters and television crews will be on hand in the small mountain town of Eagle to document the proceeding, which could be as short as Bryant's initial proceeding on Aug. 6, which was seven minutes.
Eagle County District Judge Terry Ruckriegle will advise Bryant on Thursday of the charge against him and the possible penalty. Conditions of his bond also could be discussed. Ruckriegle also could set dates for hearings such as an arraignment or deadlines for filing motions. Prosecutors believe it is unlikely Bryant will enter a plea.
Twenty-five-year-old Bryant is free on $25,000 bond. He is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman June 30 at the exclusive mountain resort near Edwards where she worked. Bryant has said the two had consensual sex.
If convicted, Bryant would face four years to life in prison and 20 years to life on probation.