Bryant prosecutor struggling in bid for re-election |

Bryant prosecutor struggling in bid for re-election

The Associated Press

BRECKENRIDGE – The prosecutor who charged NBA star Kobe Bryant with sexual assault in June 2003 was struggling Tuesday in his bid for re-election.With 69 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Republican District Attorney Mark Hurlbert was trailing with 11,144 votes, or 49 percent, to 11,782 votes, or 51 percent, for Democrat Bruce Brown.Those results did not include Summit County, which is Hurlbert’s home and one four counties in the 5th Judicial DistrictIt was Hurlbert’s first campaign for the office. He was appointed to fill out an unfinished term in December 2002.Hurlbert dropped the sexual assault charge against Bryant on Sept. 1, in the middle of jury selection, after the alleged victim said she would no longer participate in the case. Hurlbert has said he is convinced Bryant would have been convicted if the alleged victim, now 20, testified against him.Brown, an Evergreen attorney running his first political campaign, said the Bryant case exposed inadequacies in Hurlbert’s trial skills and management of the office.Hurlbert said it was difficult for a small office to prosecute such a big case.

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