The appeal will be filed in a matter of just a few days. All of us involved in its development agree that all of the victims should see the “Conclusion”, “Requested Relief” and the “Restitution” part of the appeal before it’s printed and presented in court.
“When the law has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has beenused to destroy its own objective; it has been applied to annihilating the justicethat it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.”
– Frederic Bastiat,1850
As if this French philosopher was prophesying 164 years into the future, this is precisely what was done in and through the collective and unscrupulous actions against Robert Allen Stanford and his companies. In short, in the annals of American jurisprudence, it is doubtful that any individual has suffered (and lived to talk about) a greater injustice than this appellant.
At the Stanford trial, when faced with a ruling on just one of the irrefutable violations of this appellant’s rights under the U.S. Constitution, the Trial Judge (David Hittner) posed the question:
-How can you go back and clean it up in a situation like this?
The answer to that question, which has been passed on to this Honorable Court, is as clear now as it was at the time of the Stanford trial.
Based on the lawless and life-ruining actions of both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, followed by the foregoing violations to this appellant’s rights under the U.S. Constitution, Robert Allen Stanford prays that this Court will acquit him of all charges in this matter, and vacate his March 6, 2012 conviction in its entirety.
Further, and in addition to a total acquittal and vacating his March 6, 2012 conviction in its entirety, Robert Allen Stanford prays that this Honorable Court will send a message to the “collective force” (the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice) and hold them publicly accountable, and monetarily liable, for their lawless and life-ruining actions. Collectively, these actions have resulted in the total destruction of the global group of Stanford companies, ruined both the personal and professional reputation of Robert Allen Stanford, and brought unimaginable and unquantifiable grief and hardship to his family. And not to mention, caused this appellant to be unjustly charged, convicted, and sentenced to an unprecedented 110 years in a maximum security federal penitentiary.
Additionally, these lawless and unscrupulous actions on the part of this “collective force” caused unquantifiable losses and (continue to cause) untold hardship to the thousands of dedicated Stanford employees throughout the United States and around the world.
And, lastly, and most importantly for this Honorable Court to never forget, as Mr. Stanford himself never has, is the fact that the “collective force” of these two agencies of the United States Government have caused the many thousands of depositors in Stanford International Bank, in the United States and around the world, to lose virtually every dollar entrusted to it, and to its owner, this appellant, Robert Allen Stanford.
More precisely, appellant Robert Allen Stanford now prays that this Honorable Court will Order the full monetary restoration of every asset which was caused to be lost or destroyed by this “collective force”, a restitution he very conservatively calculates at $15 billion.
Following his acquittal, and immediate release from prison, Stanford prays that this Honorable Court will begin this restoration process by Ordering the rightful return of the Stanford International Bank’s ‘Temenos and DataPro’ customer account information (which was illegally accessed by the Receiver and is now being used in his insidious “clawback” actions), which precisely identifies each depositor and the amount currently owed to them – as it is this appellant’s desire, and full intent, to quickly return to Stanford International Bank in Antigua with this information and personally present a check in the full amount owed to each and every of these depositors, with 5% interest calculated from February 17,2009.
Robert Allen Stanford