Little fear of Eagle County
December 9, 2003
Eagle County needn’t fret overly much about whether big name athletes will deign to visit in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s infamous misadventure last summer.
It’s not even an issue for NBA stars. Just a week ago, Beaver Creek played host to newly retired San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson. Robinson, in case you don’t know this, is an African-American who stands 7-1 and was named a few years back among the 50 greatest NBA players of all time.
He’s also truly a devout Christian – no summer awakenings after cheating for all the world to see and wonder whether the cheating went as far as criminal behavior.
And he brought his wife.
For a bit of braindead humor, the Sheriff’s Office is the subject of a motion by Bryant’s attorneys seeking names of those who placed orders for those “hangman” T-shirts poking fun at the defendant.
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The tough part, of course, is that the defense team from the start has been decrying Bryant’s arrest as the very product of a biased investigation.
As with all motions, there’s a handful of court cases tossed in for added effect that discuss the ills of police bias while investigating allegations of crime.
Easy enough to smirk at an apparent sideshow, but this could haunt the department and its case for a long time.
Mom to testify?
No humor here: The defense team wants to compel the alleged victim’s mother to testify in a hearing this month over the admissibility of medical records.
And it appears that there may be some support in the law. The confidentiality of doctor and patient is protected, as are discussions between husband and wife about medical issues.
Not so between parent and adult child, the attorneys for the defense argue. Nor for conversations with friends. Much of what is known – or thought to be known – out in the real world comes courtesy of “friends.” Many of them face subpoenas, too.
All this must be shown to the judge’s satisfaction to be somehow relevant to the young woman’s allegations. The thought alone is chilling, though.
Another thought is that the prosecutors had better have a lot more evidence than they’ve managed to show so far. The bar for them isn’t so much whether they can manage conviction, but that the case is prosecuted competently and professionally.
That jury is still out.