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Judge denies defense claim

June 11, 2004

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— The judge in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault trial Thursday rejected a defense argument that Colorado's rape-shield law is unconstitutional.

The law, which has withstood other challenges since it was enacted in the mid-1970s, generally bars defense attorneys from using information about the sexual history of alleged sexual assault victims.

Defense attorney Hal Haddon had argued the law, when applied in combination with another statute, violated Bryant's rights by treating him differently than the alleged victim.

Haddon contended a defendant's sexual history was presumed to be relevant and admissible at trial, while an alleged victim's past is not.

"These standards are blatantly inconsistent and unfair," he said during a hearing last month.

But state District Judge Terry Ruckriegle said Bryant's sexual history would not be brought up in court, making that argument irrelevant.

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