Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rosenblum Expands His NFL Roster

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rosenblum Expands His NFL Roster

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BAR TABS * In the bull market of criminal defense for National Football League players, one local lawyer is moving up the ranks of defensive coordinators.

Barrister Scott Rosenblum has signed on to represent Ray McDonald, a former San Francisco 49er who has been charged with rape.

Rosenblum said he was not sure how McDonald got hold of his work number. "Word of mouth, I'd guess. Players, agents talking to each other," he said.

Rosenblum also represents St. Louisans Sheldon Richardson, a New York Jets defensive lineman and former Mizzou star, and Laurence Maroney, a former Normandy High star who played for the Patriots and Broncos in a six-year career.

As to McDonald, Rosenblum said he was in California two weeks ago to represent him at his arraignment. In August, McDonald was charged by Santa Clara, Calif., authorities with one count of raping an intoxicated person at his home in December. He could face up to eight years in prison. The 49ers released McDonald shortly after the alleged incident. He was then signed by Chicago but released before this season began.

Richardson is being directly represented by Matthew D. Fry, who is with Rosenblum's firm. He is set to appear Nov. 9 in St. Charles Circuit Court.

Richardson, 24, of O'Fallon, Mo., was charged July 31 with misdemeanor resisting arrest and traffic violations in a high- speed, late-night road race July 14 on Highway 40 (Interstate 64). Resisting arrest carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Rosenblum represented Maroney in August 2011 and secured an acquittal on marijuana charges. When arrested on the drug charge, guns were found in Maroney's vehicle, but no weapons charges were filed. He also represents Maroney in an incident Aug. 4, in which Maroney was shot in the shoulder at a homicide scene in north St. Louis.

Rosenblum's NFL career began in 1998, when he represented Rams linebacker Leonard Little on involuntary manslaughter charges connected to a car crash that killed Susan Gutweiler of Oakville. …

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