Prosecutors in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case say they're proceeding with plans for an August trial date, but won't confirm or deny whether a plea agreement is in the works.
Prosecution spokeswoman Krista Flannigan tells The Associated Press the alleged victim still has a "strong resolve" to continue with the case, despite a judge's ruling that could make it more difficult to win a conviction.
District Judge Terry Ruckriegle ruled Friday that details of her sexual activities in the three days prior to her hospital exam last summer are relevant to the case. The defense contends someone other than Bryant could have caused her injuries. Flannigan says no decision has been made on whether prosecutors will appeal Ruckriegle's ruling.
Legal expert Larry Pozner says there is virtually no chance of a plea deal. He says the prosecution would only offer a deal if the woman wants to drop the case.
Jury selection is set for August 27th. Bryant has pleaded not guilty, saying he had consensual sex with woman at a Vail-area resort last summer.
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to intervene in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case. Media organizations have asked a Supreme Court justice to stay a lower court ruling that bars publication of details from a
closed-door hearing in the case.
Several media outlets, including The Associated Press, accidentally received transcripts from the hearing, but have not published the information.
District Judge Terry Ruckriegle had threatened contempt of court against any media that publish the material. The Colorado Supreme Court upheld that ruling. But attorneys for the media groups say that's unconstitutional prior restraint of a free press.
In a filing Sunday to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, the media attorneys say there's no explanation that can justify the order as
constitutional. The filing asks Breyer to put the order on hold so media
attorneys can prepare a petition asking the full U.S. Supreme Court
to review the case.
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