Clarett receives threat in the mail
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published August 16, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A typewritten, "cryptic" threat against Maurice Clarett was sent to the law office representing the jailed former Ohio State football star, his attorney said.
The message, sent from Los Angeles and received Monday, was typed on a piece of paper, cut out and taped on a postcard, said Michael Hoague, one of Clarett's attorneys. He said Clarett has received threats before but did not detail what was written in this one.
"We don't know quite what to make of it," Hoague said. "It's very cryptic."
Clarett was arrested last week after a police chase near the home of a woman set to testify against him in a January robbery. Four loaded guns were found in his sport utility vehicle, and officers said they had to use pepper spray to subdue him because he was wearing a bulletproof vest that thwarted their stun guns.
Judge David Fais said he likely will issue a gag order on Clarett and his attorneys because of all the national media coverage the case has received.
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