As attorney Jason W. Graham tells it, an e-mail he sent to his opposing counsel out of pure frustration one Sunday night will lead to his clients getting at least a down payment on millions of dollars of their own money they are seeking to reclaim from a court-ordered asset freeze.

Graham, of Graham & Penman, represents 10 former financial advisers who worked for Stanford Group Co., part of the financial institution founded by R. Allen Stanford. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice have accused the Stanford operation of selling $8 billion in fraudulent certificates of deposit and of victimizing more than 20,000 investors around the world in a complex Ponzi scheme.

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