I think the writing has been on the wall over this case for a LONG time. The evidence just wasn't there. I truly believe the chick cried rape for attention. It was obvious that she wasn't going to win a criminal trial over it. She's pretty much a slut, as the testimony would have gone to show.
She'll settle for some money out of it, then probably write a book or sell movie rights. Getting the civil trial win is easier, won't allow for the testimony that shows she's a hootchie, and Kobe will probably just settle for a couple million to make it all go away.
The system got used by this girl. It made the DA and prosecution look bad in the process. they had a weak case from an unreliable 'victim'. The prosecution is probably glad to wash their hands of this one!