Saturday, July 19, 2003

The Courts: Bryant Confesses?

Tonight's "Nightline" featured a panel discussing today's action by Colorado prosecutors charging Kobe Bryant with sexual assault. One panelist, ESPN's Jim Gray, argued that Bryant hasn't been convicted of a crime yet, and that while Bryant did admit today to committing adultery with his alleged victim, Gray said "adultery isn't a crime."

Actually Jim, adultery is a crime in Colorado and most states. Title 18, Section 6-501 of the Colorado Revised Statutes prohibits "[a]ny sexual intercourse by a married person other than with that person's spouse." Of course, the criminal adultery laws have not been enforced for quite some time, but the laws do remain on the books and in force.

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