Man Accused of Being Fake Lawyer Won't Defend Self

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A man accused of impersonating a lawyer in federal courts numerous times -- including a high-profile case in the St. Louis area -- has pleaded not guilty to two felonies.

Howard Kieffer pleaded not guilty to mail fraud and making false statements charges during his arraignment in North Dakota yesterday.

The 53-year-old Kieffer is director of a California firm that bills itself as a provider of ``tenacious criminal defense, post-conviction representation'' and other legal specialties.

Kieffer defended former St. Louis Blues player Michael Danton, who was charged four years ago with plotting to kill his agent, David Frost. Danton pleaded guilty in East St. Louis, Illinois, and is serving a seven-and-a-half-year prison term.

Kieffer also represented Danton in the athlete's unsuccessful bid to be transferred to his native Canada to serve his time.