Prosecutors won't appeal decision to release Bryant case records

Updated: August 28, 2003, 11:24 PM ET

DENVER -- Prosecutors in the sexual assault case against Kobe Bryant said Thursday they will not appeal a judge's order to release some of the sealed court records.

The documents slated for release will not threaten Bryant's right to a fair trial or the privacy rights of the woman who has accused the NBA superstar of rape, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.

Last week, Judge Frederick Gannett ruled the arrest warrant and related documents could be released to the public. More detailed documents, including the arrest affidavit and search warrant, were to remain sealed. Gannett put his order on hold and gave attorneys 10 days to appeal.

Chris Beall, an attorney representing media organizations seeking the release of all the records, said his clients will decide by the Tuesday deadline whether to appeal.

Bryant's attorneys did not immediately return a call for comment.

The documents Gannett said could be released are likely to reveal little that is not publicly known about the case, legal experts say.

Beall has said that without a look at the other documents, the public has no way of knowing whether the sheriff's office acted properly in arresting Bryant.

Among those documents the judge said will remain sealed are those containing "factual statements describing graphic details of the alleged sexual encounter," medical test results, evidence that can be challenged in court and the statements of potential witnesses.

Bryant has said his 19-year-old accuser had consensual sex with him June 30 at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, where she worked and he was a guest. Bryant, who is free on $25,000 bond, is scheduled to return to Eagle for an Oct. 9 preliminary hearing, when Gannett will determine whether there is enough evidence for a trial.

The media organizations seeking the documents include NBC, CNN, The Denver Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Vail Daily newspaper.

The judge on Thursday granted a request from news organizations to place cameras in a hallway outside the courtroom during the hearing. He hasn't ruled on a request to allow cameras inside the courtroom.

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