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Basketball / Bryant Case / Sexual Assault / Hearing #734461

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 06, 2003
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Eagle, Colorado: Bill Redeker) The court appearance by pro basketball player Kobe Bryant in his sexual assault case featured; scenes shown from the courtroom in Eagle, Colorado; details given of what the prosecution has in its case. [Earlier, BRYANT - says he did not force her.] [Criminal lawyer Richard BESWICK†- says you cannot conclude the "facts" are barnburners.] [Two town RESIDENTS - comment.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(New York: Dan Harris) The issue of legal & public relations strategies in cases like this examined; details given about the reality of media saturation. [Defense attorney Bill MOFFITT†- says there is no separation of the two because of public knowledge; talks about how Bryant is being marketed.] [Defense attorney John BURNS†- offers advice.] [Bloomberg legal affairs columnist Ann WOOLNER†- says the media demeans the case.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Further coverage of the Bryant case & state sex crime laws on "Nightline" noted.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Redeker, Bill;
Harris, Dan

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