Houston’s Michael Essmyer, a criminal defense attorney for jailed Houston financier R. Allen Stanford, and Essmyer’s firm, Essmyer, Tritico & Rainey, don’t want to represent Stanford anymore — and they claim Stanford feels the same way.

On Friday, Essmyer and his firm filed a motion asking Senior U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas to allow them to withdraw from representing Stanford. Essmyer and his firm have been on the case since April 6, when Hittner granted a motion allowing Stanford to substitute Essmyer and Houston lawyer Robert S. Bennett for former counsel.

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