Racing star\'s trial begins

March 2, 2009
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Helio, what were you thinking? You are a high-profile guy thanks to your wins at the Indianapolis 500 and disco ball trophy from “Dancing with the Stars.” Did you think you and your attorney’s attempts at tax evasion wouldn’t get caught, or did you just not know you were doing anything wrong?

The tax trial of Helio Castroneves, his sister Katia, and his attorney Alan R. Miller begins today in Miami. They’re charged with conspiring to evade paying taxes on more than $5 million earned in racing and licensing agreement with the Penske Team over the course of five years.

This trial leaves me with a few more questions. Is there any chance Castroneves is going to get a fair and impartial jury? I’m sure there are people out there who don’t know who he is, but I think after his championship for dancing on TV, more people will know him. Plus, I think the general feeling by the public toward Castroneves is that he is likable and well-received. Will that taint any potential jurors’ ability to serve on his trial?

Could he have been in cahoots with his attorney for years or did his attorney truly believe they didn’t do anything wrong by having Penske pay Castroneves through a Dutch entity to allegedly avoid tax liability? I know attorneys are humans, but shouldn’t someone whose profession is to know the law also follow the law?

You can read more on the case in the Miami Herald.
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  2. What a fine example of the best of the Hoosier tradition! How sad that the AP has to include partisan snark in the obit for this great American patriot and adventurer.

  3. Why are all these lawyers yakking to the media about pending matters? Trial by media? What the devil happened to not making extrajudicial statements? The system is falling apart.

  4. It is a sad story indeed as this couple has been only in survival mode, NOT found guilty with Ponzi, shaken down for 5 years and pursued by prosecution that has been ignited by a civil suit with very deep pockets wrenched in their bitterness...It has been said that many of us are breaking an average of 300 federal laws a day without even knowing it. Structuring laws, & civilForfeiture laws are among the scariest that need to be restructured or repealed . These laws were initially created for drug Lords and laundering money and now reach over that line. Here you have a couple that took out their own money, not drug money, not laundering. Yes...Many upset that they lost money...but how much did they make before it all fell apart? No one ask that question? A civil suit against Williams was awarded because he has no more money to fight...they pushed for a break in order...they took all his belongings...even underwear, shoes and clothes? who does that? What allows that? Maybe if you had the picture of him purchasing a jacket at the Goodwill just to go to court the next day...his enemy may be satisfied? But not likely...bitterness is a master. For happy ending lovers, you will be happy to know they have a faith that has changed their world and a solid love that many of us can only dream about. They will spend their time in federal jail for taking their money from their account, but at the end of the day they have loyal friends, a true love and a hope of a new life in time...and none of that can be bought or taken That is the real story.

  5. Could be his email did something especially heinous, really over the top like questioning Ind S.Ct. officials or accusing JLAP of being the political correctness police.

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