Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Updated: September 2, 9:45 AM ET
D.A. Mark Hurlbert's statement
Text of the statement from District Attorney Mark Hurlbert after the judge granted his request to dismiss the felony sexual assault charge against Kobe Bryant:
"Today, I have reluctantly made the difficult decision to dismiss
the case of People of the State of Colorado v. Kobe Bryant. This
decision was made after several meetings with the victim, her
family and her attorney.
"In every case there are ethical minimums in terms of quantity of
evidence for a prosecutor to go forward. I have absolutely no doubt
that those ethical standards were met and exceeded as long as the
jury had the opportunity to see and hear the facts of what happened
in that room from the victim herself. I have no doubt that that bar
cannot be reached without the willing cooperation of this crime
victim in this trial.
"This prosecution team wants to try this case, I want to try this
case and have the evidence heard by 12 citizens of this community.
"However, the victim has informed us, after much of her own
labored deliberation that she does not want to proceed with this
trial. For this reason, and this reason only, the case is being
"Throughout the prosecution of this defendant, we have
consistently supported this victim and have respected her needs. A
trial can be traumatic for any victim of any crime, more so with
the victim of a sexual assault, and even more so with the victim of
a sexual assault whose victimization has been subject to worldwide
scrutiny. We admire the courage, strength and integrity the victim
has displayed throughout the past year. She is truly an amazing
"Today justice is sadly interrupted. The casualty in this
interruption has been a brave young woman who was grievously hurt.
"This decision is not based upon a lack of my office's commitment
to the case. With the victim we truly felt we had a great case and
that justice would prevail. Our commitment to this case remains
"This decision is not based upon a lack of belief of the victim.
She is an extremely credible and brave young woman and our belief
in her has not wavered over the past year.
"This decision is not based upon the lack of the ability of the
trial team -- Ingrid Bakke, Dana Easter and Gregg Crittenden are
three dedicated, talented prosecutors and I would put them up
against anyone, anywhere in this country. And I thank them for
their dedication and hard work in this case.
"Ultimately, we all must respect that this is this crime victim's
personal decision and candidly this team understands why she may
have misgivings about her rights being respected in this process.
"I would like to thank all of the dedicated hardworking people
who assisted in the preparation of this case. First and foremost
the people of Eagle County. The support from everyone has been
outstanding. I especially want to thank those of you who answered
their summons for jury duty. I understand the imposition and
disruption and pain that this has caused you and thank you for your
commitment. I also want to thank the Eagle County commissioners and
government. Both with monetary support and advice. Both were
"I also want to thank Dave Thomas, Jefferson County DA and Mary
Keenan, Boulder County DA, for contributing the expert services and
talents of Dana Easter and Ingrid Bakke. Without Ingrid and Dana
our tiny office could not have handled such a big case.
"I also want to thank the attorney general, Ken Salazar. His
support, advice and people were invaluable. We could not have gone
as far without his help.
"I also thank Sheriff Joe Hoy, Investigator Doug Winters,
Investigator Dan Loya and the rest of the Eagle County Sheriff's
Office. They did a great investigation under very trying
"Finally, I want to thank the victim and her family.They are
truly great people and my heroes. Thank you. I will not be taking
any questions or providing any interviews."