Kobe is getting what he’s paying for.. In just one court session they’ve identified the victim by name in open court and suggested she was a slut. All of this was done not before a jury, but in hope of influencing the court of public opinion and influencing potential jurors via media coverage.
This Vail Daily article summarizes the intentional violations of the Colorado Rape Shield Law committed by Bryant’s lead defense attorney Pamela Mackey.
Mackey dropped her bomb at the end of a 20-minute line of cross examination during Thursday’s preliminary hearing. She was questioning Eagle County Sheriff’s Detective Doug Winters, who was laying out the prosecution’s case. During testimony, Winters described the alleged victim’s vaginal injuries. While cross examining Winters about those injuries, Mackey asked, “Are they consistent with someone who had sex with three men in three days?”
Mackey’s assertion drew an audible gasp from those in the courtroom, and followed her blurting out the alleged victim’s name in open court. That motivated Gannett to clear the room and meet with attorneys in private.
“(Mackey’s) in there being taken to the woodshed, and she deserves it,” said former Denver District Attorney Norm Early, who was in Eagle to observe Thursday’s proceedings.
After a break of about an hour, Gannett recessed the case until Wednesday.In addition, Mackey named the victim on six separate occasions, where all of the other attorney’s had been using initials.
Hat Tip: Dawn Olsen