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Legal experts say defense might waive hearing

Updated: October 7, 2003, 11:14 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Authorities are tightening security before NBA superstar Kobe Bryant arrives in Colorado for a hearing many expect his attorneys to waive, clearing the way for a rape trial sometime next year.

Dozens of threats against the prosecutor, the judge and Bryant's 19-year-old accuser helped prompt the tougher steps.

There will be armed guards at Thursday's hearing, one courthouse entry will be locked and a metal detector will be set up at the other for only the third ...

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