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Judge Refuses To Release NFL’s Darren Sharper From Jail

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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, left, and his attorney, Blair Berk, center, listen as his other attorney Leonard Levine, right, addresses the court as Sharper pleads not guilty to charges of allegedly drugging and raping a pair of women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub, in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom February 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (credit: Bob Chamberlin-Pool/Getty Images)

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, left, and his attorney, Blair Berk, center, listen as his other attorney Leonard Levine, right, addresses the court as Sharper pleads not guilty to charges of allegedly drugging and raping a pair of women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub, in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom February 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Sharper’s bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (credit: Bob Chamberlin-Pool/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge in Los Angeles has again refused to release former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper from jail.

Sharper is awaiting trial in Los Angeles after pleading not guilty to charges that he raped and drugged two women last year. He was previously released on $1 million bail before being charged in Arizona with similar counts.

Now, his lawyers say he should be freed again and kept under house arrest because authorities in Arizona have said they won’t seek his extradition.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn rejected that argument on Monday, saying she would wait and see if Arizona does seek extradition.

Her ruling came after prosecutors said the Arizona governor’s office is preparing a warrant to extradite Sharper, even though he will first go on trial in Los Angeles. An April 15 hearing was set.

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