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Bob Brockman’s mind sharp enough for tax trial, U.S. expert testifies in court

HOUSTON — A distinguished forensic psychiatrist testified that billionaire Robert Brockman is feigning dementia as a “magic bullet” to keep away from demo on expenses of evading taxes on $two billion in cash flow.

Brockman, 80, is in cognitive decline but he’s exaggerating his impairment and his intellect stays sharp ample to have an understanding of the expenses in opposition to him, Park Dietz told U.S. District Choose George C. Hanks Jr. on Friday in Houston.

Hanks done a weeklong hearing to identify if Brockman is capable to stand demo.

Dietz, a California-based psychiatrist, reported he was on a group of federal government clinical authorities who interviewed Brockman, together with in Could 2021, ahead of producing his assessment. Brockman talked in detail then about tax matters, the expenses in opposition to him and how quick it would be to fabricate e-mails, Dietz reported.

“I did not assume it was even a close simply call whether he was capable to stand demo at that time,” Dietz reported.

Brockman “has extreme inspiration to keep away from prosecution,” and declaring dementia “could be the magic bullet for escaping the outcomes of any legal carry out,” the psychiatrist reported.

Dietz appeared on the fifth working day of the competency hearing, which will keep on following week. After it’s concluded, Hanks is predicted to rule about two months afterwards.

Brockman’s attorneys say he has progressive dementia caused by Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, and he’s not able to aid his defense. Authorities authorities and witnesses testified that Brockman, the previous main executive officer of Reynolds and Reynolds, which will make computer software for vehicle dealers, is exaggerating his indications.