Late August Trial Date?

Attorneys in Bryant case continue pre-trial hearings

Both sides in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case say they could be ready for trial as early as the last week in August. But the judge still hasn't set a date. A closed-door hearing today will focus on a defense motion to have the alleged victim's sex life in the days surrounding her encounter with Bryant admitted as evidence. Colorado's rape-shield law generally prohibits such evidence, but a judge can override the law if he feels it's relevant.

Yesterday, the two sides argued over how to instruct the jurors who will decide whether the Los Angeles Lakers guard is guilty of sexual assault. Bryant is accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker in a Colorado hotel room last summer.