Kobe Bryant Hearing

By: AP
By: AP

A judge decided today to close a key part of this week's hearing in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case.

State District Judge Terry Ruckriegle says arguments over the accuser's medical history are too sensitive to be heard in open
court.

Bryant's attorneys will try to prove the 19-year-old woman gave up her rights by talking about her medical condition and treatment with others.

The hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Denver attorney Chris Beall represents several media organizations, including The Associated Press. He says his clients haven't yet determined whether to ask the state Supreme Court to review the ruling.

The 25-year-old Bryant faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation if convicted of felony sexual assault.

Bryant says he had consensual sex with the woman, a former employee of a mountain resort where he stayed June 30th.


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