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Darren Sharper Stays in Jail But Freedom Clock is Ticking

3/7/2014 3:11 PM PST

Darren Sharper -- Stays In Jail ... But Freedom Clock is Ticking

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Darren Sharper will sit in a Los Angeles jail for another week, while the clock ticks as the New Orleans D.A. decides whether to charge the football star with rape.

Sharper appeared in court today ... trying to get out of the slammer he's been sitting in since last week ... when a New Orleans judge issued an arrest warrant in connection with rape allegations by 2 women.

Sharper wanted out of jail today, but the L.A. Superior Court judge concluded she can't let him because the New Orleans D.A. has 10 full business days to decide whether to charge Sharper.  The judge felt she had an obligation to hold him until the 10-day period runs out next Thursday.

So Sharper will sit behind bars and New Orleans has to decide whether to s*** or get off the pot.  If he isn't charged by next Thursday, it appears the judge will release Sharper, who has already posted $1 million bail for rape charges that have been filed against him in L.A. County.

The New Orleans case is curious.  The alleged rapes supposedly occurred back in Sept., but the case went no where ... in part because one of the women insisted nothing happened.  She has recently changed her story, but authorities there didn't seem interested in pursuing anything until all the publicity. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!


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