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Wesley Snipes Jailed for 3 Years in Tax Case

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OCALA, Florida (Reuters) - A "very sorry" Wesley Snipes, star of the "Blade" movies, was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for willfully failing to file U.S. income tax returns for 1999 through 2001


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Julia D (92)
Friday April 25, 2008, 10:12 am
"Co-defendant Eddie Ray Kahn, a longtime tax protester who coached clients of his American Rights Litigators on how to beat the tax system, was sentenced to 10 years in prison."
Wow - rape a child and you get away with probation. Kill a man and you spend two years in prison. But touch the government's money (so they can kill more people in Iraq and buy more oil and arms) and they'll give you hell.

Mary Zoglio (169)
Friday April 25, 2008, 11:03 am

Karen B (289)
Friday April 25, 2008, 1:49 pm
Hi Julia. I agree with you. Try to get away with withholding or hiding money and they throw the book at you. Rape, molestation, murder and cruelty to animals is a faux-pas that gets you a slap on the wrist -- sometimes. What a twisted justice system. Thanks for the story.

Hans L (958)
Friday April 25, 2008, 1:52 pm
This realy is insane i understand that he has to pay a high very high price but what good is jail let him work three years and pay double!
Jail should be for rapists killers and people who lie and start wars without any reason but to make money with OIL ! Its a shame that women and children are abused without justice and the government is focussing on tax payers who could do much more if they would pay double the amount that they have stolen from the community! People who dont pay tax steel it from the community!

Tibi P (2)
Friday April 25, 2008, 2:35 pm
I always thought of him as a decent fellow, but the IRAS can have a way with taxes. Tsk tsk tsk :(

Barry Seth (118)
Friday April 25, 2008, 2:40 pm

When he leaves jail he will have paid his "debt" twice - once to the IRS and once to society.

The real question is will he be anymore "reformed" after he leaves prison?

Doug Hartling (0)
Friday April 25, 2008, 3:08 pm
Fuck the government!!! Where is the best candidate for pres???? Not in the media or anywhere!! This is a corrupt dictatorial system...idk who runs it but it sure aint the people! Remember there is no right to vote in the constitution. WE LIVE IN A REPUBLIC....never has the usa been a democracy! NEVER!!! WE DO NOT LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY! So screw all those who think the people are far as the system Concerned the people can go fuck themselves, look at what youre PAYING FOR GAS/FOOD!!! this is BULLSHIT!!! Get together, grow your own food, and tell the Politrickstars they should stick their thumb up their ass, instead of shoving their taxes up ours.

Gregory Phillips (49)
Friday April 25, 2008, 3:57 pm
Wesley was wrong as is the Federal Income Tax..howver the judge showed great prejudice against Mr. Snipes only because of his public notoriety. Justice in these United States has certainly gone askew when murderers and rapists get much more lenient sentences considering their much more heinous crimes.

Cynthia S (22)
Friday April 25, 2008, 4:03 pm
WATCH "FROM FREEDOM TO FASCISM" there is nothing in the "IRS BOOKS OF LAW" that requires us to pay taxes. Why pay taxes to a country that gives it to other countries besides it's own and uses our taxes to fund wars!!!

Past Member (0)
Friday April 25, 2008, 4:40 pm
I am so sad to hear this. I don't know what to say. This is just about as dumb as it comes. I am so sorry for Wesley right now. *shakingheadindisbelief*

Morgan Griffith (225)
Friday April 25, 2008, 7:23 pm
I agree with you Hans, stupid putting a man capable of making huge amounts of $$"s go to prison when he could be out and making "reparations" and helping eh community. Human and animal torturer get misdemeanors and someone who doesn't sign a check in a timely manner goes bye-bye. What bull.

Simone D (1462)
Friday April 25, 2008, 7:29 pm
Agree with you totally Morgan.

Stephen Hannon (203)
Saturday April 26, 2008, 6:07 am
The judge said he wanted to make an example out of Snipes, and he did just that. Made it loud and clear that no matter who are, or how rich you are, don't pay your taxes and off to jail you go. As rule in most tax cases the government allows you time to pay the money back. Snipes got the wrong judge. I agree he could be doing community service rather than sitting in prison. Plus the fact there is no parole in the federal prison system. He has 2/3 of his time before he can be released.

Noted, thank you for posting this story.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday April 26, 2008, 1:07 pm
In the article, it says that his lawyer "cited the cases of former Washington mayor Marion Barry and singer/actor Marc Anthony, who avoided prison after failing to file tax returns, and singer Willie Nelson, who remained free despite owing $17 million in back taxes."

It seems terribly unfair that he should have to go to prison when these other people did not. And he does not owe as much as Willie Nelson did !

I don't think that prison is right in this type of case, in any event.
I agree with Hans' comment up there. Can Julia supply any actual examples of this ?

As for the claims that child rapists and murderers get lighter sentences, it seems rather incredible.

Summer M (6)
Saturday April 26, 2008, 4:37 pm
WTF!!! Are you kidding me??? O.J. didn't spend a red hot minute behind bars for murdering his wife & another man, & the good ol' US of A is gonna waste my tax dollars putting Snipes behind bars 4 a white collar crime....Nevermind the issue of officials complaining of overcrowding in prisons & the fact that I can get online and find at least 10 sex offenders/violent offenders living within blocks of me & the neighborhood elementary school.....Those greedy-gut f@#!$ers!!! So we go after our own citizens to get all the money back that the government carelessly squandered away...Oh wait- let me guess- if Snipes pays his taxes, we'll have money for National Healthcare right?? What a crock--It's just another tactic they are using to deflect the attention away from their own f$#@-ups..He is totally being used as a scapegoat...And you better believe that child rapists & murderers have gotten lighter sentences....It happens...I just think that putting ppl in prison for crimes like this are a waste of space...wouldn't they be more likely to get their money back if he was working??? In the meantime the US continues to loan billions to other nations while we are the most indebted country in the world, pay Halliburton millions for contracts only worth thousands, & our beloved president continues find as may ways as possible to screw us over b4 he gets out of office. Guess who is going to go down in history as the nation's wealthiest ex-president??? I really feel for Snipes....I hope that he can get an appeal and a different judge, whatever he needs....maybe he should just run!! Either way screw the man!!!
Thanks for posting the article- this one got me all fired up!

Elle J (276)
Sunday May 11, 2008, 2:47 pm
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