Judge Denies Jen Shah’s Request to Dismiss Fraud Case Over “Reprehensible” ABC News Documentary
UPDATE: A federal judge has denied Jen Shah‘s request to drop criminal charges against her after her attorney alleged that an ABC News documentary, which was recently released on Hulu, violated her right to a fair trial.
In an order filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and obtained by E! News on Saturday, Dec. 11, U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein wrote, “Dismissal of an indictment is an extreme sanction that is to be utilized only in the rare case.”
Stein added, “There has been no evidence whatsoever proffered to suggest that Shah’s right to a fair trial has been compromised or prejudiced in any respect.”
E! News has reached out to the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star’s attorney for comment.
As the trial for her alleged involvement in a telemarketing scheme approaches, Jen Shah is asking for criminal charges against her to be dropped.
In court documents filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on Nov. 30 and obtained by E! News on Dec. 1, attorneys for the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star asked a judge to dismiss her case, arguing that an ABC News documentary recently released on Hulu has violated Shah’s right to a fair trial.
Titled The Housewife & the Shah Shocker, the documentary centers around the federal investigation around into Shah, 47, and her assistant Stuart Smith, who have also been accused of defrauding hundreds of victims in a nationwide telemarketing scam.