Bryant’s attorneys accused of leaks
In a court filing, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said retired state District Judge William Jones learned of sealed information from defense attorney Hal Haddon and gave it to a reporter for the New York Daily News, which ran a story quoting Jones on Oct. 11.
The details – that another man’s semen was found in underwear worn by Bryant’s accuser – had not yet been brought up in Bryant’s preliminary hearing, which ended Oct. 15.
Hurlbert also cited the defense’s repeated use of the accuser’s name during the hearing and its questioning of the woman’s sexual history, which is normally kept secret under Colorado’s rape shield law.
“”In the past two weeks, the defense has been on a campaign to get information in the public domain that has been specifically prohibited by the court,” Hurlbert wrote.
In an e-mail message to the Vail Daily, Haddon said he not seen or
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spoken to Jones in at least a decade, when he was still on the
bench. Haddon also said he has discussed the Bryant case with any other “retired local judge.”
Jones did not return a phone calls for comment Thursday. Jones earlier told The Associated Press he had been misquoted and was basing his comments on what he heard was said in court.
The newspaper reporter stood behind the story in an interview with an investigator, Hurlbert said.
Hurlbert asked Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett to hold a hearing to determine whether Haddon violated a gag order on attorneys and others involved in the case.
Punishment for contempt of court could include a fine, but sanctions are left up to a judge, prosecution spokeswoman Krista Flannigan said.
Bryant, 25, is accused of raping an employee at an exclusive mountain resort in June.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ guard is due in court Nov. 10 for his initial appearance, during which he will be advised of the sexual assault charge against him and could enter a plea.