Judge bars Danton from talking to agent

Updated: May 15, 2004, 8:42 AM ET
Associated Press

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A federal judge on Friday ordered St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton to cease all contact with his agent David Frost, the man federal prosecutors say he wanted dead.

"Your best friends now are your attorneys," U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan told Danton during a hearing that lasted about an hour. "It's best to keep your mouth shut."

At the request of prosecutors, Reagan ordered that Danton not call, write or visit with Frost. Frost's family may continue to contact and visit the jailed player, the judge said, but they may not discuss the case.

Danton's attorney, Robert Haar, told the judge the circumstances of his client's relationship with Frost were "difficult and very unusual." Frost is Danton's agent, handling his personal affairs, but Danton regards Frost and his family as the only family he has.

Haar said Danton would "very much" like to speak by phone to Frost, whom he regards "as the closest person to him."

"He has very small circle of people close to him," Haar said, "And my concern is cutting him off emotionally."

Reagan's order does allow indirect contact between Danton and Frost on business matters, but Haar must serve as a go-between.

Prosecutors had asked that Danton have "no communication, no intimidation, orally, in person or in writing" with Frost, who may be a witness at Danton's trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Clark said.

A federal complaint alleges that Danton and 19-year-old Katie Wolfmeyer, of Florissant, Mo., conspired to arrange a hit April 14 at Danton's apartment in Brentwood, Mo.

Authorities allege that Wolfmeyer, at Danton's urging, contacted a man they thought would kill Frost; instead, the man went to Columbia, Ill., police, who informed the FBI.

Danton and Wolfmeyer have pleaded innocent to the charges.

In a statement read from jail last week to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Danton said he suffered both emotional and physical abuse during his childhood -- allegations which his parents and family friends have disputed.

In the statement, Danton thanked Frost, his friends and the St. Louis Blues organization and players before he criticized his family.

Danton grew up Mike Jefferson, but he legally changed his name two years ago.

The FBI criminal complaint said Danton was concerned that his intended target, now identified as Frost, planned to go to the Blues with information that could damage his career. Frost has said he urged Danton to get help for his use of painkillers and sleeping pills and his erratic behavior.

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