EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's lawyers asked a judge Tuesday
to punish any law enforcement officers who discussed the sexual
assault case with reporters in violation of a court order.
The lawyers want Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett to
schedule a hearing so officers can be questioned under oath about
whether they leaked information.
The request came after news reports in the past week quoted
anonymous sources who described reported injuries to the accuser
and the amount of time she spent in Bryant's room. The sources also
said Bryant gave inconsistent statements to law enforcement
Hal Haddon and Pamela Mackey attached several copies of news
reports to the request. They said the reports indicated law
enforcement officials, sheriff's investigators and Sheriff Joe Hoy
apparently violated the July 24 order within a week of its
Eagle County sheriff's department spokeswoman Kim Andree did not
return a call seeking comment.
The brief was filed one day before Bryant was scheduled to
appear in court where Gannett will advise him of his rights, the
charge against him and the possible penalty, which ranges from
probation to life in prison. The Los Angeles Lakers' star is free
on $25,000 bond.
Bryant is charged with felony sexual assault against a
19-year-old woman who worked at an exclusive resort hotel in nearby
Edwards when Bryant stayed there June 30. He has said the sex was
Earlier Tuesday, Gannett released a brief that detailed the
prosecution's argument against releasing court documents to the
public. He omitted details that he said could be used to identify
the woman or that could jeopardize the investigation.
Gannett has yet to rule on the media's request to gain access to
documents including the arrest affidavit, search warrants and other
material. Lawyers representing NBC, The Denver Post and other media
organizations have argued that the public has a right to view the