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Former criminal attorney convicted in drug case disbarred

Posted at 3:37 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 19:43:43-04

Daniel James Stanford, once considered to be one of Acadiana’s top criminal defense attorneys, has been officially disbarred.

Stanford was convicted in 2014 on drug and money-laundering charges in federal court, and was sentenced in 2015 to serve 10 years in federal prison. The conviction was connected to a federal investigation of Curious Goods, which was alleged to have sold more than $5 million of synthetic marijuana.

Another attorney accused in the investigation, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound just before his trial started.

According to a release from the state Supreme Court, Stanford’s disbarment comes in response to a joint motion from Stanford and the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel. In that motion, Stanford acknowledges that his conduct violated Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys.

His disbarment is retroactive to September 2014, when he was suspended following his conviction.