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Prosecutors restate desire for speedy trial

April 11, 2004

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— Colorado district attorney Mark Hurlbert has filed a reply in court that restated the prosecution's desire to speed up the Kobe Bryant sexual-assault case.

Hurlbert wrote that prosecutors were concerned that the slow pace of case, which already is in its 10th month, ran the risk of violating the Lakers guard's constitutional right to a speedy trial.

Bryant has yet to enter a plea on the charge of felony sexual assault. The June 30 incident involves a 19-year-old woman at a Vail-area resort. Bryant's speedy-trial right requires a trial to begin six months from the arraignment, unless he gives up that right.

Hurlbert's filing is a response to court papers the defense attorneys submitted earlier in the week claiming that the case had taken a "personal and professional toll" on Bryant.

Through his attorneys, Bryant said that he did not object to setting a trial date or entering a not guilty plea. Bryant claims he had consensual sex with the woman.

Bryant, 25, is free on $25,000 bond and due to appear April 26 in Eagle County, Colo., for case's next pretrial hearing.

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