Paul L. Caron

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Law Prof Charged With Tax Evasion Claims ADD as Defense

Magee From Jonathan Turley (George Washington):

Minnesota prosecutors have charged Hamline University professor Robin Magee with 11 felony counts for failing to file tax returns and filing false returns. In addition to to criminal law, tax law is one of Magee’s specialties and she also practices as a tax lawyer.

Prosecutors allege that Magee failed to file her state tax returns for 2004 through 2006 until this year, never filed for 2007, and underpaid her taxes by $5,000. The government also charges that Magee claimed eight exemptions, even though she is single and has no dependents. ... 

Magee reportedly claimed that she failed to file her tax returns because she has extreme attention deficit disorder, though if true that makes her work on the taxes of others a bit difficult to square. ... On her faculty page, she writes:

“I believe, as the founders of this country espoused, that the greatest threat to law and order, peace and liberty is tyranny, not crime. I, therefore, believe that the highest calling of the lawyer is the call to fight against tryanny and government-sponsored or tolerated oppression. Thus, I struggle in my classes to instill in my students the knowledge of the law and the critical and analytical skills to hold the government (and everyone else) accountable to the rule of law and the rights of all people.”

See also ABA JournalMinneapolis Star TribuneRoth & Co.

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Steve Martin used to have a oomedy skit in which he had a simple answer for not filing. Simply tell the IRS, "I forgot!"

Posted by: Woody | Sep 11, 2009 8:03:02 AM

This superficial and reprehensible "ADD defense," voiced by a law professor no less, is offensive to any parent who actually has had to spend the many hours and thousands of dollars necessary to get their honestly afflicted child a bona fide ADD diagnosis for purposes of schooling.

Posted by: Anonymous | Sep 10, 2009 7:57:21 PM

Dare I say it? Perhaps the professor should pursue a position in the Treasury Department a la Treasury Secretary Geithner......

Alternatively, the professor couldattempt to invoke the "Rangel Rule"......

It would be interesting to see whether eaither approach works with the State of Minnesota officials.... Perhaps she can get off with paying the relevant tax only, without interest or penalties.

Posted by: Doug | Sep 10, 2009 7:29:22 PM

If she is a Democrat does she have to pay taxes?
Or do you have to be Democrat and a high ranking government official?

Of course, if she is a Republican, she's screwed.

Posted by: Borris | Sep 10, 2009 3:46:33 PM