Finally got a moment to read the 'Regarding Media" column in this morning's L.A. Times. Tim Rutten, who reported extensively on legal issues during the O.J. Simpson trial, takes the tack that Kobe Bryant's presumption of innocence is at the least abraded, and possibly shredded beyond repair.
It was baloney then, and it's baloney now. For most Americans and particularly for savvy, world-weary journalists the phrase "innocent until proven guilty" is simply rhetorical salve used to grease the rails that line the road to conviction.
He also picks up on the debate over Kobe's privacy versus the accuser's:
To note this is not to argue that she should not be entitled to such privacy until a court deems the information relevant and admissible. But the question is, where is the similar deference to which Kobe Bryant is entitled?