The widow of Kobe Bryant has won another legal battle in her lawsuit against Los Angeles County, this time with a court order that forces the county sheriff and fire chief to answer questions under oath about photos of her dead husband and daughter.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Eick granted Vanessa Bryant’s request to compel the pretrial deposition testimony of L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, two of the top public safety officials in the nation’s most populous county.

Bryant is suing the county for invasion of privacy and negligence, claiming that county sheriff’s and fire department employees improperly shared photos of human remains from a helicopter crash that killed the NBA legend, their daughter and seven others in January 2020.

Eick ruled that both Sheriff Villanueva and Fire Chief Osby appear to have “unique firsthand, non-repetitive knowledge relevant to the issues in this case” that is “not entirely obtainable” through other sources.

He limited the depositions to four hours each to minimize the diversion from their official tasks.

The ruling marks a defeat for the county, which sought to block their testimony, arguing that heads of government agencies such as Villanueva and Osby “are not normally subject to deposition, absent extraordinary circumstances.”

The county noted this rule protects officials “from discovery that will burden the performance of their duties, particularly given the frequency with which such officials are likely to be named in lawsuits.”