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Journalists Fight to Make Kobe Bryant Court Documents Public

Aired July 28, 2003 - 19:10   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER, ANCHOR: Moving on now into the Kobe Bryant case. Issues of access taking center court right now.
The NBA star stands charged with sexually assaulting a hotel employee in Colorado last month.

CNN's Deborah Feyerick is in Eagle, Colorado, with the latest developments -- Deborah.

DEBORAH FEYERICK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, there, Anderson.

Well, Kobe Bryant and his defense team want to keep the record sealed. So, too, does the district attorney, but the media is fighting to open up these records. And that's because, as one defense lawyer puts it, that's where all the juicy stuff is that people want to hear.

For example, it would be the search warrant, the things that detectives thought they might find in a search of Kobe's room, also the arrest warrant and the police report, possible statements that Kobe Bryant may have made when he was arrested.

In a nutshell, everything that's under seal right now are the things that are going to come out at trial.

The judge is expected to hear oral arguments from both sides as to why they think those records ought to be either sealed or unsealed.

The courtroom is hearing another argument and that's a 911 call. These calls were allegedly made on behalf of the young woman, who was suffering a drug overdose earlier in the year. Of course, the defense team would want to know what the calls were, because that certainly would go to the issue of the woman's state of mind.

All of this was happening today, Anderson, as the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation investigating threats made against the prosecutor. It is considered intimidation. It is a felony. And it shut down the D.A.'s office. Only the people who had business there or who worked there were allowed to enter. Big sign warning people away.

And this is a case very filled with emotion and it's coming out all over -- Anderson.

COOPER: Yes, it certainly is. Deborah Feyerick, thanks for the update. We're going to focus more on the Kobe Bryant case, the legal developments and the challenges coming up in about 20 minutes with a panel of legal experts.

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