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            Kobe Bryant Investigated On
                  Rape Charges
        The current LA Lakers basketball star is being charged today with sexually
       assaulting a 19 year old female. She came forward today with accusations of
       assault at the Lodge & Spa where Kobe Bryant was staying before his knee
       surgery. She is currently an employee at the resort. He is being released on
       $25,000 bail and is scheduled to make a press conference this week. According
       to the report Kobe called the girl up to his room after she gave him a tour of
       the Lodge & Spa.



       Who is the man
      being charged with
           assault?
      Bryant is a widely known NBA
    star and was playing for the Los
    Angeles Lakers at the time he was
    being accused of sexual assault. He
    was the first guard to be drafted
    right out of high school in 1996 and
    led the team to three consecutive
    championships starting in 2000. He
    holds countless records and has
    been the face of the Lakers for                               Kobe Bryant, above, seen with a member of his
    nearly seven years. Kobe married                              defense team. He believes the sex between him and
                                                                  the girl was consensual.
    his wife Vanessa in 2001
    and was two years into their
    marriage when the rape charges
    were filed.




Goal of The Real Times.. It’s easy to review cases from one source and one perspective and make quick opinions.
But it’s important to look deeper into cases and to review more than one media source to create a complete, non-
biased review. This begins with studying general facts and the background of the case and then each different
perspective. The defense and prosecution are obviously going to have different perspectives on the trial. It’s also
equally important to realize cases are not always linear and to be able to accept messy cases.
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        Information
       released on the
      accuser in the Kobe
         Bryant trial
     Under the protective rape laws,
    the accuser’s name, address or
    picture is not to be released to the
    public. But tabloids and web sites
    have been releasing pictures and
    names of potential accusers.
     It is known that she is a 19 year
    old college student friends say
    she is “an energetic former
    cheerleader known for her love of
    music” (CourtTV July 22, 2003).



            Defense Releases their Claims in the
                    Kobe Bryant Trial
           Kobe Bryant has denied all claims of sexual assault brought about by the 19 year old
         accuser. The prosecution plans to weaken her claims with news of her being hospitalized
         for attempted suicide earlier this year. Criminal law professor Robert Pugsley says “The
         more these indications of instability emerge, the more difficult it might prove for the
         prosecutor to persuade the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that this young woman did not
         misinterpret the event” (CourtTV July 25, 2003). His lawyers claim “the suicide attempts
         are extreme attention-seeking behavior and illustrate the accuser’s plan to draw attention
         to herself - even when these acts are harmful to herself and others” (CourtTV December
         16, 2003). They think these accusations were part of her plan to get the attention of an ex-
         boyfriend (CourtTV March 2, 2004).
            The defense also claims the accuser was examined for rape in underpants containing
         another man’s sperm. The defense lawyers called this “compelling evidence” (CourtTV
         October 15, 2003). Pamela Mackey, one of Bryant’s attorneys, had detective Doug
         Winters officially say the accuser’s underwear had sperm from another man and
         Caucasian pubic hair the day after her rape exam (CourtTV October 15, 2003). The
         panties she wore the night of alleged rape contained no sperm. Mackey’s claim is that the
         evidence of rape could have come from having repeated sex (CourtTV October 15, 2003).
            The defense is also relying on a letter from the night auditor of the lodge where the
         alleged rape occurred. The night auditor claims the accuser did not seem distraught or that
         anything had happened in Bryant’s room (CourtTV October 15, 2003).




Goal of The Real Times.. It’s easy to review cases from one source and one perspective and make quick opinions.
But it’s important to look deeper into cases and to review more than one media source to create a complete, non-
biased review. This begins with studying general facts and the background of the case and then each different
perspective. The defense and prosecution are obviously going to have different perspectives on the trial. It’s also
equally important to realize cases are not always linear and to be able to accept messy cases.
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                      Prosecution Reveals Motives
    The prosecution stated that they believe all the claims of the defense are speculation
  (CourtTV March 2, 2004).
     At the preliminary hearing in October of 2003, the prosecution claimed they had
  “uncontradicted” evidence of rape (CourtTV October 15, 2003). Prosecutor Greg
  Chrittenden said at the preliminary hearing that “he held her by the back of the neck
  with his hand during sexual intercourse, he lifted up her skirt. She said ‘no.’ He pulled
  down her underpants and she said ‘no.’ He penetrated her from behind and she cried.”
     The prosecution believes the defense saying the victim having many sexual partners
  is only a public relations claim and they are only trying to hurt her image (CourtTV
  October 15, 2003).
     District Attorney Hurlbert told the public after the case was dropped that it “is not
  based upon a lack of belief in the victim - she is an extremely credible and an
  extremely brave young woman” (CourtTV September 7, 2004).




  Above the accuser is being asked to reveal her sex life. This is usually not permitted in
                                        rape trials.




Goal of The Real Times.. It’s easy to review cases from one source and one perspective and make quick opinions.
But it’s important to look deeper into cases and to review more than one media source to create a complete, non-
biased review. This begins with studying general facts and the background of the case and then each different
perspective. The defense and prosecution are obviously going to have different perspectives on the trial. It’s also
equally important to realize cases are not always linear and to be able to accept messy cases.
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          Friend’s of the Accuser in the Kobe
                   Trial Speak Out
   Luke Bray, who believes she is strong, trustworthy and honest, told the media one week after charges
  were filed that he saw visible evidence of the attack. Bray also claims “she was still shaken up. She was
  pretty much in denial” (CourtTV July 22, 2003). He declined further comments out of respect for the
  case and the people involved.
    Sara Dobner sang in the choir with the accuser in high school and commented, “why would a woman
  put herself though all of this - having people call her names? I think she just wants to see justice done.
  She’s not trying to drag him through the dirt” (CourtTV July 22, 2003). Finally her mother strongly
  believed her case. She spoke publicly in April at a victims’ rally and praised her daughter for actually
  coming forward with these charges. The girl’s mother also sent the judge a letter asking for a fast trial
  date so her daughter’s life could get back to normal and so she wouldn’t have to keep outrunning the
  media. She feared her life was in jeopardy because radio stations were releasing her name, phone
  number and address.
    Her ex-boyfriend says she is “a showoff, a total starve for attention” (CourtTV July 28, 2003). Josh
  Putnam says “It doesn’t matter if the attention was good or bad, it was always good to her’ (CourtTV
  July 28, 2003). Her friend McKinney, who traveled with the accuser to American Idol in 2002, doubts
  her story too and believes that “she is doing it for the attention, she craves attention like no other”
  (CourtTV July 28, 2003).



                                                                                 Kobe Bryant
                                                                                  Speaks out
                                                                              Kobe Bryant released a full
                                                                            text today. He expressed his
                                                                            apologies for what the accuser
                                                                            and her family had to go
                                                                            through. Then he stands by
    Above is a poll released from Fox News. More blacks than                his belief that it was
    white believe he is innocent and more females than males                consensual sex but goes on to
    believe he is guilty.
                                                                            say he now understands how
                                                                            the girl could have
                                                                            misinterpreted that. Finally he
               Image of a Superstar                                         says he doesn’t question her
                                                                            motives and she was given no
                   Tarnished                                                money to drop the charges.
    A poll had ranked Kobe the third-best endorser of products
  in sports (ESPN July 18, 2003). “The image was of a perfect
  role model, a superstar athlete who didn’t have a parking
  ticket, the all-American boy and now, well, that image is
  tarnished,” said chief executive of Burns Sports (ESPN July
  17, 2003). The Lakers general manager said, “Naturally
  we’re disappointed with today’s announcement” (ESPN July
  17, 2003).




Goal of The Real Times.. It’s easy to review cases from one source and one perspective and make quick opinions.
But it’s important to look deeper into cases and to review more than one media source to create a complete, non-
biased review. This begins with studying general facts and the background of the case and then each different
perspective. The defense and prosecution are obviously going to have different perspectives on the trial. It’s also
equally important to realize cases are not always linear and to be able to accept messy cases.

				
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