With hopes of overturning his 110 years sentence, Antigua-based offshore banker and convicted Ponzi schemer, Robert Allen Stanford has filed a petition for rehearing, upon the US Supreme Court’s denial of his petition for a writ of certiorari or an order by which a higher court reviews a case tried in a lower court.
On November 28, 2016 Stanford’s original certiorari petition to the high court was denied. According to an article published on the site; Caribbean news now, Stanford, in his recent petition argues that the pretrial civil seizure of his assets precluded him from retaining the counsel of his choice in his Federal criminal case, and his appointed counsel was overburdened, and his defense suffered as a result.
He also argued that he would receive true justice from a nine-person court; rather than the existing eight-person court that denied his case. He claims that a future Trump appointee to the court would ensure justice in his case.
In March 2012 Stanford was convicted by a Houston jury on charges of fraud, conspiracy and obstruction charges.
In his first interview since being indicted in 2009 for masterminding the second-largest Ponzi scheme in history, the 66 year old declared his innocent stating that he will be walking out prison a free man.
Stanford is currently being housed in a maximum security penitentiary in Florida. He is not eligible for release before 2105.