Arguing that the behavior of R. Allen Stanford and his “latest collection of lawyers (the Bennett-Nguyen Joint Venture)” have prejudiced her right to a fair trial with their “egregious and circus-like conduct,” one of Stanford’s co-defendants, Laura Pendergest-Holt, filed a June 9 motion asking U.S. District Judge David Hittner to sever her criminal trial.

Pendergest-Holt alleges that Stanford and his criminal-defense counsel from Houston law firm Bennett Nguyen Joint Venture “have flaunted court orders, set up potentially unethical entities to practice law in Texas … and have faked health issues in court,” making it impossible for her to receive a fair trial.