Cross-Examination of Stanford CFO James Davis Begins

James Davis is preparing to take the stand for a fourth day in the Ponzi scheme trial of Houston financier R. Allen Stanford. The former chief financial officer for Stanford Financial Group and Stanford International Bank is now undergoing cross-examination.

Defense counsel Robert Scardino made the question of Davis’ credibility as a witness the heart of his opening argument. He wasted no time in pressing the issue when finally given the chance to question Davis.

One of his first questions for the former CFO was, “When you met with prosecutors, did you tell them, ‘I’m a liar?’” Davis answered, “Yes.” Scardino: “Did you tell them you were a crook?” Davis: “A fraudster.” Scardino: “Did you tell them you were a coward?” Davis: “Yes. I told them I was a coward.”

Much of what followed hinged on Scardino’s efforts to tie Davis directly to criminal activity. He focused on the near $1 billion loan Davis took out from Stanford International Bank in December 2008 and January 2009, pointing to the lack of available evidence that Davis had obtained Stanford’s permission for the loan as Davis claimed.

Scardino also raised questions about a string of affairs Davis had. These included one with Laura Pendergest-Holt, whom he met while teaching a bible class with his wife and who later became Stanford’s chief investment officer.


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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