Could Stanford spend a year in jail before trial?


R. Allen Stanford could spend a year in jail after U.S. District Judge David Hittner revoked his bail because he believes Stanford is a flight risk. While his trial is scheduled for August 25, his attorney believes it will take a year to prepare for trial. That means, if his attorney is not successful with his appeal of Hittner's bond ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Stanford would have to await trial in jail.

U.S. Magistrate Frances Stacy had granted Stanford $500,000 bail with a GPS monitoring device and home detention, based on a plea from Stanford's attorney that he was penniless. Hittner didn't buy that plea. Do you really believe an attorney would appeal bail hearings to the circuit court level if his client truly was penniless? I doubt he would spend that much time on bail hearings if he didn't think he would get paid.