Kobe Bryant's defense team says the woman who is accusing him of rape has received more than $17,000 dollars from a victims' compensation fund. And they're calling that a rich incentive to pursue a false rape claim.
A court transcript released Thursday says the 20-year-old woman would be ineligible for the amount she has already received if she lied about the alleged rape. Defense attorney Pamela Mackey says the woman would have to reimburse the fund if lies were discovered, even more incentive to go forward with the case.
District Judge Terry Ruckriegle released a partial, redacted transcript of last month's closed-door hearing after being
pressured by the Colorado Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
Meantime, a document mistakenly posted on a court Web site says hospital tests on N-B-A star Kobe Bryant found his alleged victim's DNA, but none from a person whose DNA showed up on other evidence. Defense attorneys want to use the results, perhaps to undermine the woman's credibility by arguing someone else could've caused her injuries.
Bryant's lawyers have suggested the 20-year-old woman had sex with multiple partners around the time she met Bryant last summer. Meanwhile, a court official will apologize to the alleged victim and her family after a document revealing her name was accidentally posted on the Internet Wednesday. Attorney John Clune says several similar mistakes have prompted the woman to consider dropping out of the case.
Media attorneys are again asking a U.S. Supreme Court justice to overturn a lower court ruling, arguing that
failure to release Kobe Bryant case documents amounts to violation of the First Amendment.
Transcripts of a closed-door hearing were mistakenly e-mailed to The Associated Press and six other organizations last month. District Judge Terry Ruckriegle threatened to cite any outlet that published the details with contempt of court. Media attorneys say that's an unconstitutional prior restraint of the press.
Justice Stephen Breyer refused Monday to overturn Ruckriegle's order, but suggested he release an edited version, or the entire transcript.
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