Kobe Bryant Hearing Preperations

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When last seen in Eagle, Kobe Bryant spent just seven minutes in court. He returns Thursday for an appearance that could be about as brief.

Depending on what strategy his lawyers choose -- Bryant could
enter a plea of innocent tomorrow to the charge he sexually
assaulted a hotel worker. That would begin the legal countdown to a
celebrity trial the likes of which have not been seen since O-J
Simpson was tried eight years ago.

Already a media throng that includes former Simpson prosecutor
Marcia Clark is in place for Bryant's hearing.

A gag order is in place for all participants in the case but
that hasn't stopped some 300 television, print and radio types from
gathering to report, and speculate, on what fate awaits Bryant in