We thought a quick clarification was necessary after news appeared everywhere Tuesday that R. Allen Stanford, banned from accessing his company’s assets and his own, will be represented by a federal public defender because he can’t afford private lawyers.

His primary attorney, Dick DeGuerin, is now out of the case, according to news reports summarizing Tuesday’s hearing at federal court in Texas. But we wondered about Patton Boggs, which moved to replace DeGuerin several weeks ago but wanted assurance the firm would eventually be paid for its work. We contacted Patton Boggs partner Robert Luskin, who represented Karl Rove in the Valerie Plame matter and entered the case as a potential lead attorney for Stanford.