R. Allen Stanford, accused Ponzi schemer, is about to get a new home. Following a fight at Joe Corley Detention Facility just north of Houston, Tex., a judge has ordered that he be moved to a facility in downtown Houston.
The order doesn't seem to be linked to the altercation that occurred last Thursday. Rather, it's to facilitate Stanford's meetings with his court-appointed attorney, Kent Schaffer.
The large volume of documents that needs to be reviewed to prepare a defense, apparently, requires that Stanford be moved to downtown Houston. U.S. District Judge David Hittner also cites the "extraordinary nature and complexity of this case" and "the enormous amount of time no doubt necessary to review those documents and adequately prepare a defense."
Stanford is considered a flight risk and has been incarcerated without bond since June. He was indicted on 21 counts, including wire and mail fraud. Three other executives have joined Stanford in pleading not guilty, while another executive, James M. Davis, entered a guilty plea and is working with the prosecution.
In last Thursday's prison fight, Stanford suffered a concussion, two black eyes and a broken nose.