Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, previously on bail for rape charges in California, has been jailed there since an arrest warrant making similar allegations was filed last week in Louisiana. Unless formal charges are filed in Louisiana, Sharper could be back out of jail soon.
As explained by Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today, Judge Renee Korn described the question of whether Sharper should remain jailed in California for merely an arrest warrant in Louisiana an “extremely hard call.”
“The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is working in close concert with New Orleans law enforcement and prosecutors . . . to unlawfully hold Mr. Sharper in custody,” attorney Blair Berk argued on Sharper’s behalf.
Judge Korn may release Sharper on bail next Thursday, if charges aren’t filed in Louisiana before then.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents one of the alleged California victims, told Schrotenboer that her client wants the California case to proceed before the Louisiana case.
In all, Sharper is suspected of nine rapes and 11 druggings in five different states, in a period of time covering only four months.