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
Billionaire R. Allen Stanford is escorted into the federal courthouse June 29, 2009, in Houston.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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.