Court gaffes didn't help case

Updated: September 2, 2004, 9:19 AM ET
Associated Press

EAGLE, Colo. -- In essence, the writing was on the wall.

The last-minute dismissal of the Kobe Bryant rape case followed months of gaffes by courthouse staff that put his 20-year-old accuser in an uncomfortable spotlight and a determined, well-financed legal assault from the NBA star's defense team.

Legal experts say the prosecution also had a very difficult case to prove -- a he said-she said in which the accuser told investigators she willingly flirted with Bryant ...

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