Home

R. Allen Stanford Found Competent to Stand Trial
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Judge David Hittner, a U.S. District Judge, reversed a ruling that was handed down back in January that said Sanford was not healthy enough to face a trial. He had undergone an evaluation for eight months at a medical prison center in North Carolina. To overturn the ruling, he also underwent a hearing for his competency, which began on Tuesday, according to Law360.

“Based upon the exhibits and testimony admitted at the hearing, the court determines, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Stanford has recovered to such an extent that he is able to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him and to assist properly in his defense,” Judge Hittner wrote.

  
What
Where


On Thursday, a federal judge from Texas released a ruling that R. Allen Stanford is competent enough to face a trial. The charges filed against Stanford stem from an allegation that he helped put together a Ponzi scheme that ran for quite some time. The Ponzi scheme acquired over $7 billion from investors.

Sanford is being represented by Robert A. Scardino, from Scardino & Fazel LLP. Scardino explained that continuance motion of the trial has been filed and is still in the pending process.

The schedule start date for Sanford’s trial is January 23, 2012.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Stanford was originally ruled that he could not stand trial back in January following an attack while in jail in 2009 gave him an injury to his brain. Stanford was experiencing symptoms of amnesia and had been on prescription medications to aid in his recovery. Stanford was then transferred to the Bureau of Prisons Medical Center in North Carolina by the order of Judge Hittner.

“We’re waiting to see what he’ll do in that regard,” Scardino said.



Expert witnesses scheduled to testify on the behalf of Stanford claim that he is still exhibiting symptoms from the injury he suffered in September of 2009. Along with the amnesia, it has been reported that Stanford was originally left without the ability to communicate.

The staff at the medical center declared Stanford fit to stand trial in November. The memorandum was filed by Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas.

Prosecutors claim that their experts say Stanford is faking the conditions he supposedly acquired during the attack in jail.

Stanford used to be the chairman of the Stanford Financial Group Co., based in Houston, Texas. He has been charged with multiple counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, obstruction and conspiracy charges. Stanford issued a not guilty plea to all 14 of those charges in June of 2009. Stanford used to be one of the wealthiest men in the Houston area.

“The constitutional right to be present at one’s own trial exists at any stage of the criminal proceeding that is critical to its outcome if the defendant’s presence would contribute to the fairness of the procedure,” Stanford’s lawyers said in a previous motion.

Information also researched from The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities Associate Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

New York City office of our client seeks corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities associat...

Apply Now

Business Litigation Attorney

USA-CA-Santa Monica

Santa Monica office of our client seeks business litigation attorney with 1-3 years of experience. T...

Apply Now

Intellectual Property Litigation / Enforcement Associate Attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks intellectual property litigation / enforcement associate at...

Apply Now

Eminent Domain Attorney

USA-TX-Richmond

Richmond office of our client seeks eminent domain attorney with 5+ years of experience. The candida...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Hotline & Training Managing Attorney (IMMIGRATION)

USA-NY-New York City

The Hotline & Training Services Managing Attorney will guide, develop, and supervise the Hotline sta...

Apply now

Litigation paralegal

USA-TX-Dallas

We are looking to immediately hire a responsible, highly organized, self-motivated litigation parale...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-TX-Dallas

Associate Attorney – 7 to 10 Years’ Experience - Dallas/Fort Worth   ...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-TX-Dallas

Associate Attorney – 3 to 5 Years’ Experience - Dallas/Fort Worth   ...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top