Feds: Tadios abusing system by firing lawyers
March 14, 2014
Federal prosecutors say Fawn Tadios, the former CEO of Rocky Boy Health Clinic, charged with stealing $50,000, is abusing her rights by constantly firing her lawyers.
Just the same, prosecutors have agreed to a hearing in federal court at Great Falls Tuesday on her latest request for a new attorney.
But prosecutors asked that Tadios be jailed if she complains about her new attorney.
Tadios, in papers filed with federal court, asked that a public defender be named to represent her.
She rejected suggestions that she represent herself, saying she was no match for federal attorneys.
“I am intimidated by this court and do not believe that I will receive a fair trial,” she said.
In response, prosecutors said Tadios had “abused the system with her repeated substitutions of counsel and tried the patience of her assigned attorneys, the Court and the United States.”
Tadios’ conduct “has tied the system in knots,” said Carl Rostad, assistant U.S. attorney for Montana.
Yet, court rulings have made it clear she is entitled to be represented in pretrial hearings and the trial, he said.
Rostad asked that the judge prohibit Tadios from making any kind of professional complaints against her new attorney. He said he thought the prohibition should be added to her conditions of release. Thus, if she violated the judge’s order, she could be arrested.
Tadios is charged with embezzling funds from the tribe, in part, so she could visit her husband, who was imprisoned for stealing money from the tribe.
A federal grand jury indicted Fawn Hahn Tadios on four felony charges stemming from allegations she stole more than $50,000 from the Chippewa Cree Tribe’s Health Board and clinic while she was chief executive officer.