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returntothepit >> discuss >> Wesley Snipes is sentenced to 3 years in prison by zyklon on Apr 24,2008 9:14pm
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toggletoggle post by zyklon at Apr 24,2008 9:14pm
Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison on tax charges Thursday, a victory for prosecutors who sought to make an example of the action star by aggressively pursuing the maximum penalty.

Snipes' lawyers had spent much of the day in court offering dozens of letters from family members, friends even fellow actors Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington attesting to the good character of the "Blade" star and asking for leniency. They argued he should get only probation because his three convictions were all misdemeanors and the actor had no previous criminal record.

But U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges said Snipes exhibited a "history of contempt over a period of time" for U.S. tax laws, and granted prosecutors the three year sentence they requested one year for each of Snipes' convictions of willfully failing to file a tax return.

"In my mind these are serious crimes, albeit misdemeanors," Hodges said.

Snipes apologized while reading from a written statement for his "costly mistakes," but never mentioned the word taxes.

"I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance," Snipes said.

Snipes said his wealth and celebrity attracted "wolves and jackals like flies are attracted to meat." He called himself "well-intentioned, but miseducated."

Snipes was the highest-profile criminal tax target in years, and prosecutors called for a heavy sentence to deter others from trying to obstruct the IRS. The government alleged Snipes made at least $13.8 million for the years in question and owed $2.7 million in back taxes.

Snipes was acquitted in February of five additional charges, including felony tax fraud and conspiracy. Snipes' co-defendants, Douglas P. Rosile and Eddie Ray Kahn, were convicted on both those counts. Kahn, who refused to defend himself in court, was sentenced to 10 years, while Rosile received 54 months. Both will serve three years of supervised release. Snipes will serve one year of supervised release.

Snipes and Rosile remain free and will be notified when they are to surrender to authorities.

Kahn was the founder of American Rights Litigators, and a successor group, Guiding Light of God Ministries, that purported to help members legally avoid paying taxes. Rosile, a former accountant who lost his licenses in Ohio and Florida, prepared Snipes' paperwork.

Snipes maintained in a years-long battle with the IRS he did not have to pay taxes, using fringe arguments common to "tax protesters" who say the government has no legal right to collect. After joining Kahn's group, the government said Snipes instructed his employees to stop paying their own taxes and sought $11 million in 1996 and 1997 taxes he legally paid.

Prosecutors sought to justify the maximum sentence by raising those and other details from the IRS investigation, as well as a tax loss even for years in which Snipes was acquitted of failing to file a return. Such "relevant conduct" is allowed by law for a judge's consideration at sentencing.

Criminal tax prosecutions are relatively rare usually the cases are handled in civil court, where the government has a lower burden of proof. Prosecutors said Snipes' case was important to send a message to would-be tax protesters not to test the government.





toggletoggle post by zyklon at Apr 24,2008 9:16pm edited Apr 24,2008 9:17pm
Why they always gotta fuck with a brotha?



toggletoggle post by thuringwethil at Apr 24,2008 9:32pm
always bet on black



toggletoggle post by the_reverend   at Apr 24,2008 9:33pm
wow....



toggletoggle post by thuringwethil at Apr 24,2008 10:23pm
i'm gonna watch to wong foo



toggletoggle post by DomesticTerror at Apr 24,2008 10:57pm
"I'm a princess! A p to the r to the n to the cess..."



toggletoggle post by deathchick   at Apr 25,2008 12:41am edited Apr 25,2008 12:44am



toggletoggle post by Joshtruction   at Apr 25,2008 2:33am
wow for real? crazy



toggletoggle post by ConquerTheBaphomet  at Apr 25,2008 9:53am
They send Wesley Snipes to prison but not 2 New York cops who shot a guy on his wedding day 50 times and they got acquitted?

Justice in this country sucks.



toggletoggle post by dreadkill  at Apr 25,2008 9:56am
should've rode the money train to h & r block.



toggletoggle post by corpus_colostomy at Apr 25,2008 10:30am
ConquerTheBaphomet said[orig][quote]
They send Wesley Snipes to prison but not 2 New York cops who shot a guy on his wedding day 50 times and they got acquitted?

Justice in this country sucks.


it sucks because you left all the important FACTS which would make your statement valid. notwithstanding, there is a spot for you writing for the metro for sure.



toggletoggle post by Yeti at Apr 25,2008 10:41am
but most of all i hate that black ass Wesley Snipes.



toggletoggle post by aril at Apr 25,2008 11:08am
haha, the best thing about the Metro is yesterday, on the cover, it had the Carolina state trooper that got caught having oral sex with a cow.

Anyway, justice in this country is horrible. The best example to support this would be examining the number of people in jail/prison related on miniscule drug charges, while child rapists and murderers aren't locked up for longer.



toggletoggle post by FuckIsMySignature at Apr 25,2008 11:09am
Simon says go directly to Jail.



toggletoggle post by SacreligionNLI at Apr 25,2008 11:15am
wesley snipes is probably going to own that jail. doesn't he have a black belt in some kind of martial arts?



toggletoggle post by xmikex at Apr 25,2008 11:18am
dreadkill said[orig][quote]
should've rode the money train to h & r block.


hahaha

Maybe they'll cryogenically freeze him only to reanimate him in the future to terrorize a utopian civilization of people who all pay their taxes.



toggletoggle post by SacreligionNLI at Apr 25,2008 11:22am
i'm surprised they didn't charge him for stealing so many bases



toggletoggle post by dreadkill  at Apr 25,2008 11:22am
aril said[orig][quote]
The best example to support this would be examining the number of people in jail/prison related on miniscule drug charges, while child rapists and murderers aren't locked up for longer.
i agree, that's the perfect example. what's worse for society, selling a kid some pot or drilling him in the ass against his will? what will damage the kid more?



toggletoggle post by the_reverend   at Apr 25,2008 12:03pm
are they utting him into suspended animation? hoe he knows what too do with the 3 clamshells.



toggletoggle post by FuckIsMySignature at Apr 25,2008 12:13pm
goddamnit i never could figure out those clamshells.



toggletoggle post by c.Dead at Apr 25,2008 12:15pm
the_reverend said[orig][quote]
are they utting him into suspended animation? hoe he knows what too do with the 3 clamshells.


I always found that part of the movie to be rather perplexing. I have been thinking for about how they would in fact use those 3 seashells for years now. Any thoughts?



toggletoggle post by corpus_colostomy at Apr 25,2008 12:20pm
"nino brown......your soul is requested.......in hell."



toggletoggle post by Joshtruction   at Apr 25,2008 3:36pm
c.Dead said[orig][quote]
the_reverend said[orig][quote]
are they utting him into suspended animation? hoe he knows what too do with the 3 clamshells.


I always found that part of the movie to be rather perplexing. I have been thinking for about how they would in fact use those 3 seashells for years now. Any thoughts?


scrape scrape scrape



toggletoggle post by My_dying_bride at Apr 25,2008 4:50pm
SacreligionNLI said[orig][quote]
wesley snipes is probably going to own that jail. doesn't he have a black belt in some kind of martial arts?


didnt you see Judge Dredd? He knows all martial arts.



toggletoggle post by demondave at Apr 25,2008 4:56pm
the_reverend said[orig][quote]
are they utting him into suspended animation? hoe he knows what too do with the 3 clamshells.



Absolute WIN



toggletoggle post by xmikex at Apr 25,2008 7:49pm
My_dying_bride said[orig][quote]
SacreligionNLI said[orig][quote]
wesley snipes is probably going to own that jail. doesn't he have a black belt in some kind of martial arts?


didnt you see Judge Dredd? He knows all martial arts.


That was Demolition Man.

And this thread was over after the money train to h&r block comment.



toggletoggle post by Conservationist  at Apr 27,2008 10:50am
ConquerTheBaphomet said[orig][quote]
They send Wesley Snipes to prison but not 2 New York cops who shot a guy on his wedding day 50 times and they got acquitted?


He rammed a police car and tried to run a cop down...

It was natural selection. Death to Sean Bell and all people that stupid.




toggletoggle post by king of kings at Apr 27,2008 10:53am


good luck wesley!



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