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Lawyers argue Bryant's right to fair trial at stake

Updated: September 13, 2003, 1:42 AM ET
Associated Press

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DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's attorneys asked a judge Friday to close next month's preliminary hearing, saying publicity would threaten the NBA superstar's right to a fair trial on a rape charge. They also accused authorities of secretly recording a statement by Bryant.

The Oct. 9 hearing will determine whether the Los Angeles Lakers guard will stand trial on a charge of sexually assaulting a Colorado resort worker over the summer. He has said the two had consensual sex.

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