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The wake of the Kobe case

The Writers' Bloc weighs in on what's next for Kobe Bryant now the criminal case has been dismissed.

Updated: September 3, 2004, 3:33 PM ET
By Page 2 | staff

CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN THE KOBE BRYANT CASE THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN: WHAT'S LEFT AND WHAT'S NEXT?

All of a sudden, it's over. There will be no trial. There will be no testimony. There will be no verdict.

It isn't as if Wednesday's developments were unexpected. For months, it appeared the prosecution's argument was weakening. But the decision to drop the charges, and the abrupt dismissal of the case just as jury selection was beginning, caught a lot of people off-guard, nonetheless.

So ...

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