February 21, 2024

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Bob Brockman deemed competent by expert panel to stand trial in tax-fraud case

3 courtroom-appointed specialists decided that billionaire Robert Brockman is proficient to stand trial in the major tax-evasion situation in U.S. historical past, irrespective of his claims of dementia, prosecutors explained in a courtroom filing.

If the results are confirmed by a choose in Houston, the eighty-year-previous former CEO of dealership administration programs seller Reynolds & Reynolds would be attempted on charges that he evaded taxes on $2 billion in earnings and laundered revenue. Brockman’s lawyers say dementia has left him unable to help in his defense.

Prosecutors disclosed the results of the specialists in response to a Brockman filing, which sought an 8-7 days extension to an Aug. six deadline for defense lawyers to file skilled reports. Brockman’s lawyers explained a geriatric psychiatrist encouraged that they will need time for extra clinical exams relating to his competency because of his “recent hospitalizations and existing health condition.”

Brockman’s June thirty filing redacted sections, including 1 that prosecutors discovered in their response the future day. It explained the courtroom should really view the extension request with skepticism, citing their position: “The courtroom designated three specialists to examine the claim [of incompetency] and all three discovered him proficient, with two of the three discovering malingering.”

Lawyers for Brockman did not promptly reply to requests for remark.

Prosecutors have explained Brockman might be faking his dementia, noting that he remained the major govt at his multibillion-greenback company until eventually November 2020.

In their July one filing, prosecutors objected to the position of Brockman’s lawyers that the government is “gratuitously publicizing information” about his clinical documents. Prosecutors explained Brockman put his clinical condition at difficulty by trying to get a competency listening to and filing extra than one hundred webpages of unredacted clinical documents.

“The point that the specialists imagine that defendant is faking his alleged incompetency is very applicable to whether the courtroom should really grant his late request to additional delay this situation with a continuance,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.

U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. has scheduled a competency listening to for September.