Strip Club Owner Seeks Change of Venue

The indicted owner of a closed Carencro strip club has filed a motion in federal court seeking to move his trial out of Lafayette where he said media coverage has prejudiced potential jurors.  James Panos, who owns Desperado's Gentleman's Cabaret, also said in the motion that he wants a review of the government's case against him, including a sample of any illicit drug on which federal prosecutors have based their criminal case against him.  Scott Iles, who is Panos' Lafayette attorney, wrote in the motion that his client wants enough of a drug sample so that an independent chemist can analyze the substance.  Panos was indicted in December on one count of “maintaining drug involved premises.”

 

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