Stanford’s Criminal Defense Lawyers Want Out

Law360, New York (January 12, 2012, 1:11 PM EST) -- Lawyers for R. Allen Stanford, who faces trial Jan. 23 for allegedly orchestrating a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, asked a Texas federal judge Wednesday to allow them to withdraw from the case, saying court-imposed restrictions were preventing them from doing their job effectively.

Attorneys Ali Fazel and Robert Scardino of Scardino & Fazel LLP — paid by public funds because Stanford's assets have been frozen — submitted a withdrawal request to U.S. District Judge David Hittner just 12 days before the scheduled trial, saying that, due...
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