Lawyers representing two former KPMG executives asked a judge overseeing their trial on tax charges to declare either a mistrial or dismissal in the tax shelter case.

Defense lawyers for former KPMG tax partner Robert Pfaff and former senior tax manager John Larson argued that prosecutors had changed their theory midway through the trial, starting out by accusing the defendants of tax fraud and altering the allegations to hiding information from KPMG and its tax department about the various tax shelters marketed to clients.

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