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Billionaire’s Mind Sharp Enough for Tax Trial, U.S. Expert Says

Nov. 19, 2021, 9:50 PM

A prominent forensic psychiatrist testified that billionaire Robert Brockman is feigning dementia as a “magic bullet” to avoid trial on charges of evading taxes on $2 billion in income.

Brockman, 80, is in cognitive decline but he’s exaggerating his impairment and his mind remains sharp enough to understand the charges against him, Park Dietz told U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. on Friday in Houston. Hanks has been conducting a weeklong hearing to determine if Brockman is competent to stand trial.

Robert Brockman departs from a competency hearing at the federal courthouse in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 16.
Photographer: Mark Felix/Bloomberg

Dietz, a California-based psychiatrist, said he was on a team of government medical experts who interviewed Brockman, ...