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Billionaire in Tax-Fraud Case Has Dementia, His Doctor Says

  • Robert Brockman seeks incompetency ruling the U.S. opposes
  • Medical ‘quarterback’ unaware defendant on anti-depressants
Robert Brockman arrives at the federal courthouse in Houston, on Nov. 16.

Robert Brockman arrives at the federal courthouse in Houston, on Nov. 16.

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The self-described “quarterback” of billionaire Robert Brockman’s medical team testified that the 80-year-old Texas software mogul is moderately demented and getting worse, as a U.S. judge weighs whether he is fit to stand trial on charges of evading taxes on $2 billion in income.

“In terms of day-to-day functionality, I would describe him as moderately demented,” said James Pool, a clinical pharmacologist at the Baylor College of Medicine who has been Brockman’s treating physician for three years. Pool told U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. in Houston on Monday that Brockman had “progressive cognitive dysfunction.”