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County to launch Web site for Kobe case updates

EAGLE, Colo. -- Citing "intense public and media interest''
in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, a judge issued a detailed
order Tuesday for reporters covering next week's hearing.

Reporters will be barred from using cell phones and tape
recorders inside the courthouse; photographing witnesses, potential
jurors, and Bryant's accuser and her family; and parking on court
grounds. Those spaces will be reserved for people involved in the
trial, according to District Judge Terry Ruckriegle's order.

Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert has filed a felony
charge of sexual assault against Bryant, a Los Angeles Lakers star
accused of assaulting a 19-year-old Eagle woman June 30.

Bryant has said the sex was consensual. His initial court
appearance is scheduled Aug. 6.

Hundreds of daily media calls have prompted officials to lock
the district attorney's office to the public.

The Colorado Judicial Branch is launching a page this week
devoted to the high-profile case on its Web site (www.courts.state.co.us). The page will have information on hearing
schedules, motions rulings, biographies of judges and other
details.

"I've had 150 calls a day. It's overwhelming,'' said Krista
Flannigan, spokeswoman for the prosecutor. "It seemed like it was
going to save a lot of us time. Especially as court orders come
out, they just don't have the staffing to make sure the media has
everything.''

The door to Hurlbert's office, which previously had been open to
the public, is now locked and posted with a sign saying the office
is closed. A phone number is posted for visitors to leave messages.

The office is beginning to receive aid from neighboring
prosecution teams.

Ingrid Bakke, head of Boulder's sex assault and domestic
violence unit, is on loan to the 5th Judicial District for up to a
year to help in the high-profile case.

"She's a solid prosecutor not vulnerable to media influence,''
Boulder District Attorney Mary Keenan said Monday. "I have no
doubt she can handle the pressure.''

Eagle County officials have talked with their counterparts in
Denver and are receiving aid from Pitkin County.