Stanford Complains: Prison Too Prison-Like

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July 27, 2009 2:05 p.m.
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Allen Stanford, the Texas banker charged with orchestrating an $8 billion fraud, isn’t too happy behind bars, it seems.

His attorney, the heavy-hitting criminal defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin, has filed papers calling conditions at the federal detention facility north of Houston where Stanford is being held “oppressive,” and asking that the cricket-loving billionaire be moved.CNBC reports:

DeGuerin notes that “during the hottest part of the summer, with outside temperatures of 100 degrees or more,” Stanford is being held in a facility that was without air conditioning “for at least a week” during a recent power outage.

According to the filing, Stanford is housed in a single cell with as many as ten other men. “There are no windows for light or ventilation and the conditions are intolerable,” the filing says.

The filing also notes that Stanford is unable to consult with his attorneys or review evidence at the facility, since most of the evidence is on computer files and the facility does not allow inmates to use computers.

No word on whether Stanford would also prefer that a larger menu of food options be made available to him.

Stanford has been in prison since June, after a judge ruled him a flight risk.

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