Kobe Case

By: AP
By: AP

A judge has turned down the Kobe Bryant defense team's request for access to his accuser's medical records.

Judge Terry Ruckriegle says he's not convinced the 19-year-old woman gave up her privacy rights by telling others about her medical history.

In three hearings on the issue, the judge heard from the woman's
mother, two of her college roommates and a former boyfriend.

Ruckriegle also threw out defense subpoenas asking three health care providers for the medical records.

The past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers says the defense still has ``a bathtub full of evidence'' about the woman's purported suicide attempts and prescription drug use. Larry Pozner says the defense can call witnesses with direct knowledge of those factors.

Bryant says the encounter last June was consensual sex, not rape.


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