Queried in Bryant Case
EAGLE, Colo. -- Prospective jurors in the Kobe Bryant rape case were asked their feelings on racial prejudice, interracial relationships, marital infidelity, and justice for the rich and famous in an 82-item questionnaire released Monday.
More than 250 potential jurors filled out the surveys Friday, and lawyers began questioning them individually behind closed doors Monday after District Judge Terry Ruckriegle rejected a request to let the media listen.
Ruckriegle said he wanted the prospective jurors to feel they could answer questions about potentially embarrassing topics without media scrutiny. He said the prospective jurors' right to privacy and Bryant's right to a fair trial outweigh the First Amendment right of access.
Bryant, 26, who appeared at the courthouse Monday, has pleaded not guilty to felony sexual assault, saying he had consensual sex with a then-19-year-old employee at a Vail-area resort last summer.
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