HOUSTON -- A federal judge has granted a request by jailed
Texas financier R. Allen Stanford to have new attorneys represent
him on charges he bilked investors out of $7 billion as part of a
massive Ponzi scheme.
But before U.S. District Judge David Hittner approved the
request during a Houston court hearing Tuesday, he and Stanford got into a sometimes heated exchange over whether the financier could later add more attorneys to the case.
Stanford's new attorneys are his fourth set since he and other
executives of the now-defunct Houston-based Stanford Financial
Group were indicted less than a year ago.
Stanford's old attorneys said they left the case because there
was conflict between them and the financier over how the case
should be tried.