Clarification: Stanford-Attorneys story

AP News
Posted: Oct 29, 2010 4:17 PM
Clarification: Stanford-Attorneys story

In an Oct. 27 story about jailed financier R. Allen Stanford's legal representation in his criminal case, The Associated Press reported that Stanford had written a letter in August accusing his attorney, Bob Bennett, of ethical misconduct.

The story should have included that Stanford had also filed court documents after having written the August letter in which he said that he found Bennett to be truthful and honest and that Bennett had performed honorably as his attorney.

The story also did not make clear the reason for the Oct. 27 hearing, which was the subject of the AP story, in which the August allegations against Bennett were referred to. The hearing was called because Stanford was applying for assistance from the federal government to pay for his legal defense as he was now considered indigent. During the hearing, Bennett withdrew his application to be appointed by the court and paid by the federal government. The judge at the hearing kept Bennett on the case to assist Stanford's new attorneys but ordered that Bennett have no further contact with Stanford.

The story also did not include that Bennett is still Stanford's attorney of record on a separate civil lawsuit related to the payment of legal fees in the case.