Thursday, September 18, 2003

Sheriff, DA Cleared in Kobe Leaks Probe 

Yahoo! News - Sheriff, DA Cleared in Kobe Leaks Probe

An investigation requested by Kobe Bryant (news)'s defense team has cleared the Eagle County sheriff and district attorney of leaking details about the sexual assault case to the media.

Joe DiSalvo, spokesman for the Pitkin County sheriff's office, which conducted the investigation, confirmed the conclusion Thursday. It was first reported by the Aspen Daily News and The Denver Post.

Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy said he could not comment until he received official notification. The spokeswoman for District Attorney Mark Hurlbert and defense attorney Pamela Mackey did not immediately return calls.

Bryant, 25, is charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old employee of the ritzy Lodge & Spa at Cordillera on June 30. He has said the two had consensual sex.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Is there a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida? 

Is there a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida?

Is there a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida?
Yes, Iraq and al-Qaida have been working together hand in hand.
Perhaps, Iraq must have had some connection in Sept 11th
No, there is no connection. Bush is mistaken.

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State mistakenly posts name of Kobe Bryant's accuser on Internet 

Oops! Kate Who???

The name of Kobe Bryant's accuser was mistakenly posted on a state court website Tuesday as part of a legal filing in the case.

A subpoena showing the 19-year-old woman's name and address was up for about an hour before court staffers reposted it with her personal information blacked out.

State courts spokeswoman Karen Salaz said it was unclear how the error was made, but said court staffers are responsible for blacking out such information in public filings.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Death Threat Suspect in Court 

Suspect In Threats Against Bryant's Accuser In Court

A college student from Iowa is pleading not guilty to a charge that he made a death threat against the woman who's accusing NBA star Kobe Bryant of rape.

John Roche didn't say anything during his court appearance Tuesday in Denver, and he ignored reporters outside. He's still free on $250,000 unsecured bond.

A federal magistrate is ordering Roche not to drink alcohol -- and to stay in Colorado or Iowa. She hasn't set a trial date.

After rape charges were filed against Bryant, some Web sites disclosed the name of his accuser.

Roche is accused of leaving a message on the woman's answering machine -- threatening to assault her with a coat hanger, and vowing repeatedly to kill her. He could get up to five years in prison if he's convicted of making a threatening phone call across state lines.

Judge agrees to unseal arrest warrant in Kobe Bryant case 

SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports -- Judge agrees to unseal arrest warrant in Kobe Bryant case

A judge agreed Thursday to unseal the arrest warrant in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case but rejected a media request to see other court records that could detail what happened in his hotel suite.

Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett put his own order on hold, giving attorneys 15 days to appeal. No documents were released to the public.

The documents have been sealed since the Los Angeles Lakers star was arrested last month, but media organizations have sought their release.

The judge ruled that the arrest warrant and related materials should be unsealed. He said other items requested by media attorneys – including the search warrant and documents that could provide details of the case – will remain sealed for now.

Mike Tyson offers empathy for NBA star Kobe Bryant 

Mike Tyson offers empathy for NBA star Kobe Bryant

Former boxing champion Mike Tyson, who served three years in prison on a rape conviction, says he empathizes with basketball star Kobe Bryant and the sexual assault charges faced by the Los Angeles Lakers guard.

"I've been in an ordeal like him, and I know how easy it is for a young man to be a big shot, a big star in America's eyes and then get in another arena and he's nobody. That means the judicial arena," Tyson, 37, said in an interview airing this week on the American TV show Access Hollywood .

The one-time heavyweight champion, convicted of rape in 1992 and suspended from professional boxing for biting the ears of Evander Holyfield during a 1997 bout, said he wished Bryant "the best" and urged the NBA star to stay close to his family.

"When it comes to the nitty-gritty, if he ever gets some (jail) time, which I hope he doesn't, and which I don't think he is going to, he's gotta keep in consideration who's gonna come see him, who's gonna be in touch, who's gonna be his contact if anything happens," Tyson said. "It can happen to anybody."

Bryant, 24, has been charged with class 3 sexual assault, the equivalent of rape under Colorado law, stemming from allegations made by a 19-year-old Colorado woman who worked as a concierge at a resort where he was staying in June. The athlete has denied he raped the woman, insisting their encounter was consensual and that his only wrongdoing was adultery.

Kobe Bryant's attorneys ask for accuser's medical records 

Kobe Bryant's attorneys ask for accuser's medical records

Kobe Bryant's lawyers have subpoenaed a Colorado hospital to see his accuser's medical records -- the first indication they might make her mental health an issue if the sexual assault case against the NBA star goes to trial.

The subpoenas were disclosed in a court filing by a Greeley hospital where the 19-year-old accuser was treated in February after police at the University of Northern Colorado determined she was a "danger to herself."

Campus police have refused to say whether the woman attempted suicide, saying only that the hospitalization was for a mental health issue.

Attorneys for the North Colorado Medical Center and its psychiatric care center asked a judge to quash the subpoenas and destroy the records already sent to him, citing medical privacy laws.

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