R. Allen Stanford gets ill during hearing

October 14, 2009 1:56:46 PM PDT
Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, jailed for allegedly bilking investors out of $7 billion, became ill during a court hearing in Houston and wiped blood away from his mouth. Stanford's attorney later blamed the condition on stress his client feels from being held in solitary confinement.

Stanford was in a Houston courtroom Wednesday at a hearing to set a trial date in his case when he began bleeding. That prompted U.S. District Judge David Hittner to stop and ask the financier if he was all right before resuming.

Wednesday was the first time Stanford had been in court since he got into a jail fight last month that resulted in him being hospitalized for a concussion.

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