With just nine months before he goes to trial on criminal charges, R. Allen Stanford wants to hire a new set of criminal defense lawyers, as one of his current lawyers says he has disagreed with Stanford over trial and pre-trial strategy.

Stanford, who was chairman of Stanford Financial Group (SFG) in Houston, filed a motion on March 30 asking Senior U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas to substitute Michael Essmyer as Stanford’s lead attorney, replacing Kent Schaffer, and to substitute Bob Bennett for George McCall “Mac” Secrest Jr. All are Houston lawyers.

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