Stanford's Request To Delay Trial Denied

The ruling by U.S. District Judge David Hittner means jury selection will begin January 23.

Stanford has been jailed since being charged in 2009, with bilking investors out of $7 billion in a massive Ponzi scheme.  

Judge Hittner's ruling said Stanford has adequate legal representation, and that the need for a speedy trial is particularly acute, because of the thousands of investors affected. Hittner ruled last week that Stanford is competent to stand trial.

That ruling came after a  three day hearing, in which Stanford's attorneys argued that a traumatic brain injury and other disorders, prevented him from assisting in his defense.

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