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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Kobe Case Smear Tactics

The prosecutors are complaining that Kobe's lawyers tried to smear the alleged victim with a pointed question about her possible sexual history during last week's portion of the preliminary hearing (the hearing resumes Wednesday in Colorado). The major problem with making this argument is that the defense wanted the preliminary hearing to be closed to the public from the start. Thus the argument that the defense was deliberately calculating all along to put out publicly these insinuations that the accuser was sleeping with lots of men falls apart.

The rape shield law is well-intentioned, but the defense also has to be allowed to offer alternative possible explanations for the wounds the accuser sustained.