Kobe E-Mails

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Media organizations that accidentally received transcripts of a closed-door hearing in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case say they have an absolute right to report the information despite threats from a judge.

Attorneys for the media groups made that case today to the Colorado Supreme Court.

A court reporter mistakenly e-mailed the documents to seven media organizations two weeks ago. District Judge Terry Ruckriegle then issued an order prohibiting media coverage of information in the transcripts.

The high court is now considering the constitutionality of that order.

One media attorney said the judge's order amounted to prior restraint of the press.

The transcripts are from a two-day hearing last month, part of which was closed to the public.