Court TV asks for courtroom coverage of Bryant's next hearing

Updated: August 7, 2003, 8:11 PM ET

EAGLE, Colo. -- Court TV has asked a judge to allow a news camera in the courtroom when prosecutors present evidence in the sexual assault case against Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

"The eyes of the nation will be focused on the propriety of the judicial process in this case," Court TV's attorneys said in the court filing released Thursday. Court TV asked for one "pool" camera for the hearing in October.

The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post also filed requests to have one "pool" still photographer.

Cable TV networks broadcast Wednesday's initial court appearance live, but media groups are renewing their requests for coverage as the case goes through the court system.

The All-Star guard is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old hotel worker in Edwards. Bryant, who has said the sex was consensual, is scheduled to appear Oct. 9 for a preliminary hearing.

He is free on $25,000 bail.

Bryant's attorneys, Pamela Mackey and Hal Haddon, had opposed the news camera coverage of the initial court appearance, arguing the publicity could affect his right to a fair trial.

On Wednesday, Bryant signed a waiver of extradition in which he said he "freely and voluntarily" agreed to return to Colorado to answer the charge against him. He also agreed to notify the court in writing of his itinerary if he leaves the country.

"By signing this waiver, I am not admitting any guilt whatsoever," the waiver said. "I only volunteer to return to the demanding state to answer the charge lodged against me."

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