Jailed Financier Stanford Wants Cell With Better A/C

Alleged fraudster files a motion to move to cushier Houston jail
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2009 2:15 PM CDT
Jailed Financier Stanford Wants Cell With Better A/C
Billionaire R. Allen Stanford is escorted into the federal courthouse June 29, 2009, in Houston.   (AP Photo)

Accused financier R. Allen Stanford is demanding he be moved from his current jail to a nicer facility in Houston, on grounds that his current cell is not comfortable enough, the New York Post reports. Stanford, charged with swindling investors out of $7 billion, complained through his lawyer that the Joe Corely Detention facility lacks air conditioning and suffers frequent power outages.

Stanford’s attorney has filed a “motion for relief” on the grounds that the 59-year-old billionaire, packed into a cell with 8-10 men and restricted from using electronics, is unable to prepare for his trial. A request made earlier in the month to move Stanford was denied. (More Robert Allen Stanford stories.)

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