Federal judge orders Stanford trial delayed Daniel Makosky at 3:26 PM ET
[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday indefinitely postponed the trial of Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], citing chemical dependency that has left Stanford incompetent to stand trial at present. Judge David Hittner of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] heard testimony from three psychiatrists before concluding that Stanford's addiction to anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications prescribed by prison physicians has rendered him unable to meaningfully contribute to his defense [Houston Chronicle report]. Judge Hittner ordered representatives for each side to submit motions by Wednesday to determine whether Stanford should remain in custody or be released to a private facility for detoxification.
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