An attorney for New York Governor David Paterson's chief of staff has attributed his client's neglect in filing tax returns between 2001 and 2005 to "failure-to-file syndrome."

Paterson's top aide, Charles O'Byrne, a former Jesuit priest, recently admitted that he failed to file tax returns for five years, explaining that he suffered from clinical depression. O'Byrne began catching up with his back taxes after he started working for the then-lieutenant governor as a speech writer two years ago.

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