05/07/2004: Um.... how do you know?
Up in St. Louis there's been a bit of excitement regarding the indictment of Mike Danton, a player for the St. Louis Blues, in a weird conspiracy to hire a killer to do someone in. Apparently, in a bond hearing today it's been officially acknowledged by the Assistant U.S. Attorney in open court that the target of the murder plot was Danton's agent, David Frost. Frost had an interesting response, denying that he was in fact the target:
Frost, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, continued to deny that he was the person Danton wanted killed.I don't know if that's exactly the way Frost wanted to phrase that sentiment; to my lawyer's mind that's impliedly conceding that Danton wanted somebody killed, and merely denies that Frost was the intended target. However, the more interesting question to me is how Frost can claim with confidence that he wasn't the intended target. After all, it's extraordinarly helpful, in planning a murder plot, to keep the existence of and details of the plot secret, and probably critical that the intended victim doesn't learn of it (after all, people are so notoriously uncooperative, especially when the intention is to snuff them); so I doubt that Frost would know of the target of the plot, unless he's a (presently) unindicted co-conspirator.
"If the government wants to hang their hat there, that's up to them," Frost said. "I am absolutely positive I was not the target."
Len on 05.07.04 @ 06:48 PM CST