Sunday, July 27, 2003

Officials investigate threats against DA prosecuting Bryant


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The Associated Press

Colorado state investigators are looking into threats against the district attorney prosecuting Kobe Bryant.

"We're taking the threats seriously," said Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokesman Pete Mang.

Krista Flannigan, spokeswoman for District Attorney Mark Hurlbert, confirmed the threats had been reported to law enforcement.

"I wouldn't say threats (against the prosecutor) are common, but it has happened in the past," Flannigan said.

Flannigan wouldn't comment on whether any threats had been made against the 19-year-old woman who alleges Bryant sexually assaulted her.

Nor would she say what precautions, if any, Hurlbert has taken. Visitors entering the office now must show identification and the door is locked, the Denver Post reported.

"It has been difficult for people to get their regular work done and accommodate the media, although I think they have a done a remarkable job," Flannigan said.

PISTONS: Free-agent center Elden Campbell signed a two-year, $8.4 million contract with Detroit, spurning other teams that could have offered him more money.

"I'm blessed to be in a situation where I don't have to think of money first," Campbell said. "There were other teams that wanted me, but Detroit gives me a chance to play on a contending team that has a chance to jump right into the NBA Finals. I didn't want to be in a situation where it would be two or three years before they were ready to contend."

Campbell is expected to come off the bench as a backup to Ben Wallace and Mehmet Okur. The Pistons also have first-round pick Darko Milicic and Zeljko Rebraca, creating a logjam inside that president Joe Dumars said will be fixed.

Last season, Campbell averaged just 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 56 games with Seattle and New Orleans. The 7-foot, 280-pound Campbell played in the 1991 NBA Finals as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and has averaged 11 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in his 13-year career.




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