this Feb. 14, 2014, file photo, former NFL safety
Darren Sharper leaves a courthouse in Los Angeles.
Sharper will return to court on Friday March 7, 2014
where his attorneys will argue that the former NFL
All-Pro safety should be released from a Los Angeles
jail. Sharper has been held without bail because of
an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities
accusing him and another man of raping two women.
ANGELES — Darren Sharper will return to court on Friday
where his attorneys will argue that the former NFL All-Pro
safety should be released from a Los Angeles jail.
has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant
issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another
man of raping two women.
attorneys filed a motion Thursday in Los Angeles Superior
Court arguing that since Sharper has not been formally
charged in Louisiana, he should be released on the terms
of $1 million bail he has already posted.
former player and football analyst had pleaded not guilty
to charges he drugged and raped two women in Los Angeles
County and turned himself in last week when New Orleans
police issued an arrest warrant on the similar charges.
athlete's attorneys contend that Los Angeles prosecutors
are using the Louisiana case to improperly keep Sharper
behind bars until his Los Angeles case is resolved.
appears to be an attempt to detain Mr. Sharper
indefinitely and unconstitutionally without bail,"
his attorneys Blair Berk and Leonard Levine wrote in
Attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison declined comment,
saying prosecutors would address their arguments at
38, has submitted DNA samples to New Orleans police and
had agreed to turn himself in if he was charged and a
judge has already indicated bail will be set if the
athlete is formally charged, the motion states.
has said Sharper would be cleared in the cases. "All
of these were consensual contact between Mr. Sharper and
women who wanted to be in his company," Levine said
after a court hearing last month.
in Florida, Tucson, Ariz., and Las Vegas also are
investigating Sharper for possible sexual assault cases.
was released on the Los Angeles case on $1 million bail on
the condition that he remain in the city, stay away from
nightclubs and not be alone with any woman he did not know
before October, when the first allegations emerged. His
attorneys contend he did not violate any of those terms
before turning himself in after the Louisiana warrant was
was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl
five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the
Green Bay Packers as a rookie and was part of a successful
championship run while with the New Orleans Saints.
retired after the 2010 season. He worked as an analyst for
the NFL Network, but was fired last week.