Sunday, March 04, 2007

Robert Lawrence case update

On March 16, 2006 , a federal grand jury indicted Robert Lawrence on three counts of tax evasion under 26 U.S.C. §7201 and three counts of willful failure to file income taxes under 26 U.S.C. §7203, relating to the years 1999, 2000, and 2001. Shortly before trial, the government discovered an error in computing the tax amount due. Although that error impacted only some of the counts, the government inexplicably filed a motion to dismiss the indictment, and the district court granted the motion to dismiss with prejudice. Lawrence’s response to this fortuitous turn of events was to file a motion for attorney’s fees and costs under the Hyde Amendment.



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