Danton still trying to get jail release

Friday, May 14, 2004

ST. LOUIS -- Attorneys for St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton have asked a federal judge to review a magistrate's decision to hold their client in an Illinois jail while he awaits trial in an alleged murder conspiracy.

A motion filed this week in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, Ill., asks for a prompt review of federal Magistrate Clifford Proud's May 7 order holding Danton at the Clinton County, Ill., jail.

Among other things, the motion says a 40-minute government tape illustrates the urgency of Danton's need for psychological help that he is not getting in jail.

In the tape, Danton sobs and begs for help, expresses thoughts of suicide, and says "I can't go on," "I can't do this anymore," and "I'm sick in the head."

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for May 21 before federal Judge Michael Reagan. A status conference on what evidence may be presented is set for 9 a.m. today.

Danton's attorney, Robert Haar, had asked Proud to assign Danton to a hospital for psychiatric treatment, including possible treatment for drug or alcohol dependency, and care for an injured shoulder. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Massey told Proud that Danton is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

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