September 10, 2003  
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Gannett hates cameras

EAGLE, Colo. (AP) - Cameras will be banned from the courtroom during the preliminary hearing in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case.
Court rules specifically prohibit cameras at pre-trial hearings in criminal cases except for initial advisements and arraignments, Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett said Monday.

Court TV, The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News had requested permission for cameras in the courtroom during the Oct. 9 hearing.

Bryant is charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman Jun. 30 in his suite at a mountain resort where she worked.

The Los Angeles Lakers star, who is free on $25,000 bail, is scheduled to return to Eagle for the hearing, where Gannett will determine whether there is enough evidence to order a trial.

Gannett allowed cameras during Bryant's initial appearance last month, a seven-minute hearing where his lawyers waived his right to be formally advised of the charge.

Court TV lawyer Richard Holme would not comment Monday. He said the judge's order cannot be appealed under court rules.

Denver lawyer Chris Beall, who represents news organizations including CNN, the Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post and NBC, said he was not surprised by the ruling and declined further comment.



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