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Castroneves trial scared fellow drivers

Jocks and taxes: can ignorance take the stand for innocence?

Updated: April 24, 2009, 4:59 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

This column appears in the May 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

"God bless him, but he's clueless."

Those words echoed through my head as I sat in Miami's U.S. Federal Courtroom 13-4 on March 18. Not 10 yards away was the man who'd recently uttered that opinion, criminal tax defense attorney David M. Garvin. To his left sat his client, Helio Castroneves, fidgeting in a navy suit while on trial for failing to pay nearly $2.5 million in taxes.

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