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October 11, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors are ambivalent about arguing that the rest of Kobe Bryant's preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges be closed to the public. After five hours of testimony Thursday ended with defense attorney Pamela Mackey questioning the credibility of the woman who accused the Laker star of rape, Dist. Atty. Mark Hurlbert asked Judge Frederick Gannett to close a portion of the hearing when it resumes Wednesday.
October 8, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
The aspen trees that cover the hills throughout Eagle County have gone from green to a vibrant gold since the last time Kobe Bryant appeared in court here. But Thursday's much-anticipated preliminary hearing could turn out to be little more than a repeat of the perfunctory seven-minute appearance Bryant made Aug. 6. Many legal analysts say Bryant will waive the preliminary hearing because it is open to the public and because the testimony of Eagle County Sheriff's Det.
October 1, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
The most public of court cases has gone underground, shifting the media horde seeking fresh video of Kobe Bryant from Colorado mountain resorts to Laker training camp in Hawaii. As for the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, she moved from her Eagle, Colo., home and dropped out of college, escaping to an undisclosed location in search of privacy. Attorneys from both sides have been quiet too, silenced by a judge's gag order.
September 18, 2003 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County's chief election official urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to permit the recall election to be held on schedule Oct. 7, warning that putting off the vote could cause widespread confusion and ballot errors -- precisely the problems the judges said they were trying to avoid when they ordered the election postponed.
July 25, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
The scheduling of an election Oct. 7 isn't likely to end the legal wrangling over how and when the vote on the recall of Gov. Gray Davis should take place. Legal experts expect that if court challenges are filed in the coming weeks they could range from who is qualified to run to whether soldiers in Iraq will have enough time to cast their ballots.
July 19, 2003 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
By admitting that he had sex with a young woman, Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant turned his sexual assault case into a credibility contest rather than a trial that will center on DNA evidence, legal analysts said Friday night. "From a defense perspective, it is exactly the right strategy," said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson. "The tough issue in rape cases is whether there was consent or force," said Levenson, a former federal prosecutor.
January 26, 2003 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
His departure was supposed to quell the storm. But more than a month after Cardinal Bernard Law abruptly resigned as archbishop of Boston, discontent lingers in this troubled Roman Catholic community. Clerical abuse survivors are outraged over the church's tough new legal strategy of probing victims' psychotherapy records. Lay reform leaders complain that Law's successor has not returned their phone calls. Some priests say they are shellshocked.
December 20, 2002 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A 42-year-old Baldwin Park man who was arrested last year on suspicion of trying to bomb the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand has decided to fight extradition rather than risk being returned to his homeland, his attorney said Thursday. Van Duc Vo, who appeared in federal court in Santa Ana on Thursday as hundreds of supporters rallied outside the courthouse, had earlier agreed to be extradited to Thailand.
Although actor Robert Blake has yet to be formally charged in court with murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, the battle lines in the case are clearly in view. For Blake's defense lawyer, Harland W. Braun, the task is clear: Persuade potential jurors that Bakley was such a sleazy individual that hundreds of people had a motive to kill her, and consequently take the focus off his client. For prosecutors Patrick R. Dixon and Gregory A.
After Marco Barrera was charged with beating to death his two young children, a lawyer for the Mexican government made a personal appeal to prosecutors to forgo the death penalty. When that didn't work, Mexican officials tried to save Barrera's life another way: They assisted his lawyer in preparing a defense. In a growing number of criminal cases, foreign consulates are playing a supporting role in defending their citizens, particularly those facing death.
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