I am fascinated by the Kobe Bryant case. Throughout my 22 years as a prosecutor and defense lawyer, I have litigated dozens of sexual assault cases. They involve lots of pressure and high drama.
Elaborate rules and procedures have been formulated in Colorado to fairly resolve rape allegations in court. Still, in the end, outcomes depend on people; judges, attorneys, witnesses and jurors.
Basketball has been a lifelong passion of mine. It is a game that involves elaborate rules and procedures which are followed to fairly resolve games on the court. Outcomes depend on people; coaches, referees, partisans and players.
Few, if any, basketball players have ever been the ascending star that is Kobe Bryant. This LA Laker's talent is enormous and until June 30, his persona was pristine. Unlike OJ Simpson, this is not a faded sports star on trial -- this is a popular athlete in his prime.
America is always fascinated by celebrity, money and power. Of course, sex also sells. If you believe the prosecution, this case is not truly about sex; it is about the raw criminal exercise of power. Team Kobe says it was sex -- nasty, fast, adulterous sex.
Rape is an abomination. So is a false accusation of rape. Without question, rape is a crime that is not reported with the frequency of other violent crimes. That is very sad. For a variety of interesting reasons, rape is also a disproportionately falsely reported crime. That too is quite distressing.
In my job as legal analyst and in this blog, Channel 7 has given me the privilege and opportunity to observe and opine about the people and the law involved in this epic court battle. Your feedback is welcome. May truth and justice prevail.
Craig Silverman is a legal analyst for 7NEWS. He will be contributing his thoughts on the Kobe Bryant case in the months to come.