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Evidence-related filings could influence jurors

EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's defense team agreed with
prosecutors Tuesday, saying some court documents in the Lakers star's
upcoming sexual assault trial should be sealed from public view.

In court filings, attorney Pamela Mackey said state District
Judge Terry Ruckriegle should require both sides to file
evidence-related documents under seal to avoid influencing
potential jurors.

As an alternative, she said, the judge could have both sides
file bare-bones documents for public review but submit more
detailed discussions in separate, sealed documents.

Bryant, 25, faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to
life on probation if convicted of felony sexual assault. He is accused of attacking a 19-year-old worker at
a mountain resort where he was staying June 30. He is free on
$25,000 bond.

On a separate issue, Mackey said the defense doesn't object to
media requests to have photographers in the courthouse hallway and
at the entrance to the building for a Dec. 19 hearing. She said she
opposes a request to place a photographer inside the courtroom.

State court rules prohibit cameras inside a courtroom in
criminal-case pretrial hearings except for arraignments and
advisement hearings, Mackey said. The Dec. 19 hearing was scheduled
for arguments on several issues including whether the accuser's
medical records can be used as evidence.

The judge has not ruled on the photography requests or the
document-filing request.