There’s an old saying among lawyers. “In the mind of a jury member, there’s only one word to describe people represented by public defenders: guility.”
So Allen Stanford can’t be too happy with the outcome of yesterday’s hearing in which he was assigned a public defender.
NYP: At a hearing yesterday in Houston federal court, a judge pressed Stanford about whether he has any money to pay a lawyer, and Stanford responded that he didn’t know.
“I’ll take that as a no,” said US District Court Judge David Hittner, who then handed the case over to Marjorie Meyers, head of the federal public defender’s office in Houston.
Stanford initially had an all-star defence team. But he lost big-shot attorneys Dick DeGuerin and Robert Luskin of Patton Boggs successively because his funds — which he alleged gained through a $7 billion Ponzi scheme — are frozen by investigators.
There does seem to be something unfair about a system where prosecutors can freeze the funds of an accused man to the extent that he can’t pay for his own lawyers.