Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Friday, March 25, 2016

US SUPREME COURT DECLINES TO REVIEW CONVICTIONS AND 20-YEAR SENTENCES OF TWO SENIOR STANFORD EXECUTIVES

Robert Allen Stanford

The Ponzi king, R Allen Stanford, who is preparing to file a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, may be wasting his time. The high court recently refused to hear cert petitions filed on behalf of two of Stanford's senior executives, Mark Kuhrt, and Gilbert Lopez, Jr. Both men had received twenty year sentences after being convicted on multiple counts of wire fraud, and wire fraud conspiracy, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had affirmed their convictions.

The Supreme Court apparently did not buy into the two defendants' arguments, to the effect that there was a conflict in the decisions of the various circuits, regarding errors in jury instructions, and considered that any errors which occurred during their trial were harmless, given the evidence admitted.

Stanford, who reportedly is also seeking to have his conviction & sentence heard, pursuant to conflict certiorari, has an uphill battle to even get in the door. Only a small fraction of cert petitions are ever granted by the Supreme Court, and it is doubtful that he will be successful. Furthermore, his post-trial filings have all be Pro Se,  filed without the benefit of an attorney. As the saying goes, a person who represents himself has a fool for a client. was he planning on arguing the case himself, before the Supreme Court ?

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