Kobe Bryant Rape Case Case Study by Nicky

Kobe Bryant Rape Case
A review of the Kobe Bryant case and the use of hearsay evidence in court.
# 146730 | 797 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 14, 2011 in Law (Criminal)

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The paper discusses how the Kobe Bryant case was based largely on hearsay, which was admissible in the preliminary hearing but would have not been admissible during the main trial. The paper explains the exceptions to the prohibition on hearsay evidence that could have applied to the Kobe Bryant prosecution. The paper shows how the case highlights the rules surrounding the admissibility of hearsay evidence.

From the Paper:

"When Kobe Bryant faced rape charges, he was compelled to stand trial by virtue of a Colorado law that allowed the inclusion of hearsay in the preliminary hearing. However, the case was dismissed before going to trial (MSNBC, 2004). Had it gone to trial, the hearsay evidence would not have been admissible. Hearsay is defined as any testimony or documents that quote persons not in court (Legal Dictionary, 2009). The hearsay rule exists because attorneys do not have the opportunity to cross-examine persons not in court. Additionally, the trier of fact cannot judge first-hand the credibility of the first-hand witness."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • No author. (2009). Hearsay Rule. Legal Dictionary. Retrieved March 29, 2009 from http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/hearsay+rule
  • No author. (2003). Rape evidence against Bryant revealed. Reuters. Retrieved March 29, 2009 from http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/10/16/1065917526371.html
  • No author. (2003). Kobe Bryant must stand trial, judge rules. CNN. Retrieved March 29, 2009 from http://quiz.cnn.com/2003/LAW/10/20/bryant.hearing/index.html
  • No author. (2004). Rape case against Bryant dismissed. MSNBC. Retrieved March 29, 2009 from http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/5861379/
  • People of the State of Colorado v. Kobe Bryant: Defendant's Response to Prosecution's Motion to Close Remainder of Preliminary Hearing. Retrieved March 29, 2009 from http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/bryant/cobryant101503drsp.pdf

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