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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, November 8, 2004

Kobe Bryant Accuser Statement

This blog will not focus on celebrity crimes, but this item from The Smoking Gun, which to my knowledge was not widely reported, seems interesting because it may explain in part why the criminal case was dropped. On July 31, 2004, the accuser sent a note to authorities identifying some aspects of her statements to the police which were not true--not with respect to the incident itself, but some of the surrounding details. Since she was represented by a lawyer at this point, one may assume that the decision to write the letter and the letter's content had the benefit of counsel's guidance.

UPDATE: Here's a report from the LA Times on a mock cross examination by prosecutors that contributed to the decision to drop the criminal case.  The report raises the ethical question of whether a witness changing a story during a mock cross is Brady material; the Eagle prosecutor decided it was not.

Jack Chin

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