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Billionaire Robert Brockman Faces February 2023 Trial in Record Tax-Evasion Case

  • Lawyers for Brockman, 81, say he’s in ‘very poor shape’
  • Judge suggests Brockman could renew his incompetency claim
Robert Brockman arrives for a competency hearing at the federal courthouse in Houston, Texas in November 2021. 

Robert Brockman arrives for a competency hearing at the federal courthouse in Houston, Texas in November 2021. 

Photographer: Mark Felix/Bloomberg

The judge overseeing billionaire Robert Brockman’s tax-evasion case, the largest against an individual in US history, tentatively set his trial date for Feb. 23, 2023. 

Brockman, 81, is suffering from dementia and undergoing home hospice care, according to his lawyers. He appeared slack-jawed and in bed during a court hearing held by video on Tuesday, the first proceeding in the case since US District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. ruled May 24 that he was competent to stand trial in Houston.