Kobe Bryant Essay

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Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant has had plenty to smile about. In 1996, he was drafted right out of high school becoming the youngest player to play in an NBA game. Bryant went on to prove himself on the court both offensively and defensively. In his game against the Minnesota Timberwolves he suffered a knee injury causing him to have surgery. After his arthroscopic surgery on June 30, 2003, he sought medical treatment at The Cordillera Lodge and Spa in Colorado. Two days after his arrival a nineteen-year-old hotel employee reported to the local police that Bryant had sexually assaulted her in his room. Although he turned himself in three days later, admitting to adultery, he was released on a twenty-five thousand dollar bond. Bryant, pleading guilty to sexual assault, says he had consensual sex with the women. If convicted, he would face four years to life in prison, twenty years in probation, and a fine up to seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars. His case was both trailed as a criminal and civil case with similar outcomes. The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of sexual assault first decided to go ahead with a criminal case because she feared that the release of court documents about her sex life threatened her chances of getting a fair hearing in a civil lawsuit. In the criminal case, Bryant's lawyers weren't able force her to sit down and answer personal questions and her medical and psychological records weren't fair game. The accuser's lawsuit accuses Bryant of attacking her in his room at the Cordillera resort, causing her emotional and physical problems. For months, prosecutors insisted they had a strong enough case to win a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt. Instead, on the will of the accuser, prosecutors dropped the case after spending at least two hundred thousand dollars to prepare for trial. His accuser decided to go ahead with the civil lawsuit instead of the criminal because she had chosen not to testify. The accuser filed a civil lawsuit seeking monetary damages from the Los Angeles Lakers star. A civil lawsuit requires a lower standard of proof, not having to prove that the crime was committed beyond reasonable doubt. The attorneys for the woman asked for compensatory damages of at least seventy-five thousand dollars, with punitive damages decided later. The civil lawsuit accuses Bryant of sexually assaulting the woman in his room, causing her emotional and physical problems. In order to win the case the accuser's lawyers needed to prove...

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