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Wednesday, December 8

Lawyer Claims Allen Stanford Too Medicated to Stand Trial Next Month

WSJ: "Well, this is a new one to us: a criminal defendant claiming he’s too drugged up to prepare for his upcoming trial.

But when it comes to the saga of jailed financier Allen Stanford, we’ve learned that the bizarre is normal, the unexpected all too commonplace.

In any event, this is the claim, that according to his lawyer, Stanford is too medicated to prepare for or testify at his January trial, at which he’ll defend himself against charges that he led a $7 billion investment fraud. Click here for the Bloomberg story on Stanford’s latest claim.

The claim came packaged in a request for bail made by Stanford’s lawyer, Ali Fazel. Stanford has been locked up since June 2009, when he was indicted on fraud charges."
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