Ex-E&Y Partner Fights Tax Fraud Conviction In 2nd Circ.

Law360, New York (November 14, 2011, 5:16 PM EST) -- An Ernst & Young accounting partner who allegedly aided a tax evasion scheme asked the Second Circuit on Monday to overturn his conviction, arguing that the legal standard for prosecuting tax evaders is too prosecutor-friendly to survive post-Skilling.

Robert Coplan, who was charged over his involvement in a now-disbanded E&Y tax shelter group, was convicted under a “troubling” legal standard that lets the government pursue accountants and lawyers who take aggressive tax law positions, his attorney told a three-judge panel.

His appeal offers the Second Circuit...
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