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The Today File

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October 30, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Terms of jail release set for Seattle attorney charged with rapes

Danford Grant, the Seattle attorney accused of several rapes, is seen on the right talking with his attorney during a hearing Tuesday before King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle attorney charged with raping several massage clinic employees will be on electronic home monitoring, have limited use of his computer and be allowed to be away from home for only up to four hours at a time, under the conditions for his release set out at a court hearing today.

Danford Grant, who’s being held in the King County Jail, can only email his lawyers and his wife and can only be away from home to see those lawyers, his doctors or his therapist under the conditions laid out in King County Superior Court this morning. He cannot go to his old law firm or have access to any work documents

He also learned that he may have to undergo psychological testing, said one of his lawyers, Richard Hansen..

Last week, a judge reduced Grant’s bail amount from $3 million to $1 million. Grant had sought to have his bail reduced to $250,000.

In court filings, Grant wrote: ”I very much need to be out of jail to defend against these charges and to help my attorneys work on the case. It is awkward and difficult to meet them in jail, and nearly impossible for me to review the police reports and other discovery …”

Grant wrote that he’s in protective custody and only granted an hour a day out of his cell, as well as limited phone use. Grant wrote in his plea for reduced bail that he’s depressed and in need of his therapist and medications.

Grant also said that he needs to be released to be around his family and “to meet obligations to my business.”

Grant’s lawyers say he is not a flight risk because his passport has expired.

Grant, 47, is charged with seven felonies. He was arrested Sept. 24 a few blocks from a Greenwood massage clinic after raping a woman he had previously raped at knifepoint, according to charging documents. Charging documents suggest that police have DNA evidence that could link Grant to two of his alleged victims.

Grant was a law partner at Bailey Grant Onsager, a law firm previously known as Stafford Frey Cooper. On the law firm’s website, it notes that papers have been filed with the Secretary of State to change the law firm’s name to Bailey Onsager.

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