On Tuesday prosecutors in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case filed a motion in Eagle County District Court, seeking to expand the individual questioning of potential jurors. An open court hearing on the matter took place Tuesday morning in Eagle.
The request comes because of one question on an 82-item questionnaire given to each jury pool member, which asks whether
they've formed an opinion on Bryant's guilt or innocence based on
Prosecutors say in their motion that the question could prompt confusion regarding the constitutional presumption of innocence.
Prosecutors want District Judge Terry Ruckriegle to allow them to dismiss potential jurors who say they think Bryant is innocent, based on what they've heard, read or seen regarding the case.
Bryant has pleaded innocent to a charge of felony sexual assault. He says he had consensual sex with a woman who worked at a Vail-area resort where he stayed for a few nights last summer.
Bryant faces four years to life in prison, or 20 years to life on probation, and a fine of up to $750,000 if convicted.
Opening statements are not expected until September 7th.