DA’s office: Death threats exaggerated
Among a new set of rumors swirling around the Kobe Bryant case is that a volley of death threats fired at the District Attorney’s Office forced them to close the office Friday afternoon.
Not the case, said spokeswoman Krista Flannigan.
“The staff members were there, and they were conducting business,”said Flannigan.
While they have received threats and hundreds of angry phone calls, Flannigan said, the reason the doors were locked Friday and Monday was two-fold.
“First for security reasons,” she said. “Second, so they could get some of their work done.”
It seems that in their zeal to uphold the public’s right to know, reporters continually dropped in on the folks in the District Attorney’s Office so often that the staff couldn’t get anything done.
“So they locked the doors,” said Flannigan.
Angry and threatening phone calls started coming even before District Attorney Mark Hurlbert charged Bryant with one count of sexual assault, a Class 3 felony that carries a sentence ranging between 20 years probation and life in prison. The charge stems from Bryant admittedly having sex with a 19-year-old Eagle woman at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, the night of June 30. She says she was forced.
Flannigan said Hurlbert has been receiving threats since July 18, when he announced his decision to file criminal charges against Bryant. The press conference was carried nationwide.
“This is part of the controversy related to a high-profile case,” Flannigan said.
Eagle County Sheriff Joseph Hoy said his office has received calls, but no threats. Friends of Bryant’s accuser say she has also been threatened.
That July 18 press conference started at 3 p.m. About 10 minutes later the phones were flooded with angry callers at just about every switchboard that started with the word “Eagle.”
The calls have slowed down considerably, county officials said, but some still roll in several times a day.