“The context in which the lies began reveals Mr. Anson’s true intent in lying under oath was to disguise his bias in favor of the IRS and to hide the fact he had been awarded multiple contracts from the IRS for substantial sums of money,” writes the Michael Jackson’s Estate in a motion to strike his testimony.
The IRS, in turn, is seeking to limit the damage by arguing that Weitzman improperly asked questions pertaining to a taxpayer other than Michael Jackson and that Anson’s answers contained “confidential” information. The tax agency would prefer to strike the disputed sections of the trial transcript for that reason.
Besides responding that such an objection is untimely, and that the Houston case is a matter of public record, the Michael Jackson Estate writes to the judge that it “would be prejudiced if the [IRS] motion were granted and the Court would be unduly limited in its fact finding by not being able to consider that Anson repeatedly lied in open court in response to questions that went to the issue of bias.”
Judge Holmes will soon rule on this issue. His ultimate determination of tax liability won’t likely come for months.