Attorneys want Bryant documents sealed
December 3, 2003
Bryant’s attorney Pamela Mackey followed District Attorney Mark Hurlbert in asking state District Court Judge Terry Ruckriegle to order both sides to file evidence-related documents sealed from public view. They say it will help avoid influencing potential jurors.
“This case has received, and continues to receive, unprecedented media coverage,” wrote Ingrid Bakke, one of the prosecutors on District Attorney Mark Hurlbert’s team. “In order to prevent any potential tainting of the jury pool, the best interests of justice will be served if all evidentiary or potential evidentiary motions be initially filed under seal.”
In her motion, Mackey wrote that all the motions the defense intends to file “will contain some factual recitation in order to establish the applicability of the motion to the case at issue.”
As an alternative, Mackey suggested the motions be filed in the barest outline form, if Ruckriegle denies their request.
Bryant, 25, faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation if convicted of felony sexual assault. The Los Angeles Lakers star is accused of raping a 19-year-old worker at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera where he was staying June 30. His alleged victim was a front desk worker there. Bryant is free on $25,000 bond.
On a separate issue, Mackey said the defense doesn’t object to media requests to have photographers in the courthouse hallway and at the entrance to the building for a Dec. 19 hearing. She said she opposes a request to place a photographer inside the courtroom.
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State court rules prohibit cameras inside a courtroom in criminal-case pretrial hearings, except for arraignments and advisement hearings, Mackey said.
Attorneys will be back in court 9 a.m., Dec. 19, for arguments on several issues, including whether the accuser’s medical records can be used as evidence.