New Times' favorite accused Ponzi schemer, the island-ownin', mistress-swappin', cricket-lovin' Sir R. Allen Stanford, had his first day in court today.
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Stanford was finally charged last week with 21 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice in connection with his Antigua-based bank, which the feds say plundered $7 billion from thousands of investors.
He showed up for his hearing today with shackles on his hands and feet -- perhaps in a nod to his earlier threats to punch reporters in the face.
Stanford pleaded not guilty to the charges in a jam-packed Houston courthouse. Three other Stanford execs, including chief financial officer Laura Pendergest-Holt, also pleaded not guilty.
A judge has yet to rule whether to release Stanford on bail.