A federal judge declined Tuesday to grant separate trials for 18 people -- mostly financial professionals or attorneys affiliated with accounting firm KPMG -- charged in a tax shelter scheme that's been called the largest criminal tax fraud case in history. The judge also rejected a defense argument that the indictment should be dismissed because the government had pressured KPMG-affiliated witnesses to "sing out of the government's hymn book, regardless of the facts and their personal beliefs."
Judge Won't Grant Separate KPMG Trials
The Associated Press
April 6, 2006