Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Civil First. The Second Circuit has held that a tax evader is not entitled to argue his tax position in a civil proceeding before being prosecuted for tax evasion. Not really a shocking holding. Many white collar crimes have a civil claim that can also be brought by the government. To allow a defendant an opportunity to try his or her case civilly first would allow the defendant to get to see the government's evidence and witnesses while the stakes are lower.

The decision in United States v. Ellett can be found here.

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