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Billionaire Must Stand Trial in Largest US Tax-Evasion Case

  • Judge dismisses claims Brockman incompetent due to dementia
  • Brockman charged with evading taxes on $2 billion of income
Robert Brockman arrives at the federal courthouse in Houston in 2021. 
Robert Brockman arrives at the federal courthouse in Houston in 2021. Photographer: Mark Felix/Bloomberg
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The judge overseeing billionaire Robert Brockman’s tax evasion case, the largest against an individual in US history, rejected his claims that dementia leaves him incompetent to stand trial.

US District Judge George C. Hanks Jr.’s decision means Brockman, 80, must defend a 39-count indictment accusing him of evading taxes on $2 billion of income and other crimes. Brockman’s lawyers argued his progressive dementia, caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, has accelerated recently. If his condition worsens, they could file a new incompetency claim.