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LRB
08-25-2004, 12:23 PM
Bryant prosecutors: DNA contaminated (http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/08/25/bryant.case.ap/index.html)

DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Crucial DNA evidence tested by defense experts in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case might have been contaminated, prosecutors said in a court filing released Wednesday, just two days before jury selection is to begin.

Prosecutors said they had found contamination in DNA "control" samples intended to ensure testing was accurate. They also said data from the defense's experts appears to have been manipulated.

Prosecutors asked the judge to hold a hearing Thursday to force the NBA star's attorneys to prove the reliability of the evidence intended to be presented at trial by defense experts.

Those experts include Elizabeth Johnson, who testified in a closed-court hearing in June that DNA evidence strongly suggests the alleged victim had sex with another man after her encounter with Bryant and before her hospital examination the following day.

That claim, which attorneys for the woman have denied, is a core part of the defense's strategy to undermine the accuser's credibility.

In the filing, prosecutor Dana Easter said some data from Technical Associates Inc., the California company where Johnson works, appeared to have been "whited out or otherwise manipulated."

Easter also said the defense had refused to provide prosecutors with unspecified information and documents, and that contamination was present in samples that should have provided known results to ensure the accuracy of testing.

Easter also said Technical Associates has conducted testing earlier this month but not provided prosecutors with results or data from those tests.

Drbio
08-25-2004, 02:35 PM
If any evidence is contaminated it is likely because kobe spunked on it.

LRB
08-25-2004, 02:39 PM
Sounds like some real shady dealings might be going on behind the scenes with Kobe's team.