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Bryant Expected To Plead Innocent

Bryant hearings resume -- arraignment this week 

More hearings in the Kobe Bryant case begin today. The NBA star accused of sexual assault could be formally arraigned as early as tomorrow -- but it's more likely to happen Wednesday. Bryant is expected to plead not guilty to charges he raped a 19-year-old woman last June at a Vail-area resort where she worked.

The other hearings this week will examine critical issues in the case, including whether defense lawyers will be allowed to use the accuser's sexual history against her at trial. Meanwhile, prosecutors are trying to limit evidence regarding the woman's mental health history.

The judge is allowing a single TV camera and a single newspaper photographer to be in the courtroom for the arraignment -- only the third time in the case he has done so.

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