At a hearing Friday, District Judge Terry Ruckriegle told the woman’s parents that he is treating the gaffes — among them putting her name on the Internet twice — as a learning experience.
The accuser’s lawyer, John Clune, wasn’t at the hearing but later said the judge’s “self-serving generic apology was insulting to the victim and her parents.”
Clune said Ruckriegle should have personally contacted his client and her family before apologizing publicly.
The judge’s comments came during one of two hearings scheduled before jury selection begins Aug. 27. The attorneys and Bryant later met behind closed doors to discuss evidentiary motions.
Bryant, 25, has pleaded not guilty to a felony sexual assault charge, saying he had consensual sex with the woman, an employee of the Vail-area resort where he stayed last summer. If convicted, the Los Angeles Lakers star faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation.
The mistakes began in September, when the woman’s name was included in a filing on a state courts Web site that was quickly removed. Last fall, the Glenwood Springs hospital where she and Bryant were examined accidentally turned over her medical records to attorneys in the case.
In June, a court reporter accidentally e-mailed transcripts of a closed hearing to The Associated Press and six other news organizations, revealing details of defense arguments about the accuser’s sexual activities and money received from a victims’ compensation fund. This week, a sealed order by Ruckriegle was mistakenly posted on the Web site, divulging her name again and information about DNA evidence collected during Bryant’s hospital exam.