Jailed financier Stanford doesn't like hot jail cell

Dang, it’s hot this summer in Texas, and jailed financier R. Allen Stanford wants out of an oppressive cell in Conroe, fast.

Stanford’s attorney filed a motion to move him, again, on Sunday, saying it’s been at least 100 degrees outside for the past week, and Stanford’s cell has no air conditioning, or even power.

“Allen Stanford is housed in a single cell with between eight to 10 other men,” writes Houston attorney Dick DeGuerin.

“Conditions are intolerable.”

Stanford is being held without bail after he was indicted on 21 counts of fraud, money laundering and other offenses associated with an alleged $7 billion Ponzi scheme by him and others, including Baldwyn’s Laura Pendergest-Holt. They are executives of now-defunct Stanford Financial Group.

He and Holt pleaded not guilty. However, she gained bond and reportedly works in North Carolina while awaiting trial.

A couple of weeks ago, DeGuerin asked the court to move Stanford to Houston, which is more convenient for legal consultations, the attorney said.

• Read Tuesday’s Daily Journal for more details. Also, Patsy’s blog “From the Front Row” on NeMS360.com.

Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal

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