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Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« on: April 24, 2008, 04:25:00 pm »
Damn!  Another one bites the dust.

They won't be satisfied 'til they get us all, will they?

I know there was a white counterpart who made as much or more who didn't pay and didn't receive any time.  This was a straight witch hunt.  I hope they can get concurrent sentences and maybe Wes will be out in 6-8 months.

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OCALA, Fla. - 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.


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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2008, 04:44:04 am »
Weird way to celebrate Blade's 10-year anniversary.

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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2008, 01:29:44 pm »
yeah.
weird.
 :(

i'm glad he didn't kill an animal.


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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2008, 01:51:39 pm »
THREE. YEARS. IN. JAIL.

That's the maximum they could of given him.

I've seen violent offenders get less time.

The prosecution wanted to "send a message".

I'm pretty damn disgusted by all this.

Whatever happened to letting the punishment fit the crime?

 

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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2008, 02:24:13 pm »
skin color is what happened.


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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2008, 03:35:54 pm »
isn't Wesley appealing this toally bullsh*t charge? I mean...that is BULL.sh*t! For real tho
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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2008, 06:44:52 pm »
skin color is what happened.

I bet if it was Jerry Sienfield, that mutha fukka would be free with no time. Hell look at Martha Stewart, because of her, people lost their money! Who did the worst? Dis be bull to the extreme.

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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2008, 09:11:40 pm »
Martha Stewart was guilty on inside trading. She manipulated the system intentionally to give herself an illegal advantage. Wesley Snipes only screwed up on taxes, which isn't even as bad a crime as Martha's. The system stinks alright.
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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2008, 05:24:49 am »
Martha made a grand total of $32000. If she hadn't dumped the stock, she'd have made MORE in the long run. That's pocket change to her.

Wesley made millions upon millions of dollars and not only tried to get out of paying his fair share, but ordered his employees not to as well. That goes far beyond "screwing up."

Do I think three years was harsh? Yes. Would he have been sentenced less if he were white? You know it. Am I going to get all upset and feel sorry for poor Wesley? HELL NO!

As far as I'm concerned, I put him in the same box as OJ. STUPID AS f*ck. It wasn't like he couldn't afford to pay his taxes. The guy believed he could make several millions of dollars and didn't have to pay anything because he was rich. Whatever. He got what he deserved.

The only travesty here is that his white counterparts who do the same thing probably won't.

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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2008, 08:13:42 am »
Wow Lion. I had mixed feelings about this but after that I have to say I totally agree with you. Lion always bringing the fire.

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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2008, 09:55:50 am »
I'm usually down with Lion,but not this time.How do we know that Wesley ordered his employees to follow his example? Check that.Wesley is around his midforties...so since age sixteen to say 36 there was never a question of his taxes being paid.20 years...during his meteoric rise from Michael Jackson's "Bad" and NEW JACK CITY and JUNGLE FEVER and PASSENGER 57 and DEMOLITION MAN and RISING SUN and more...no tax problems.He gets in with accountants and tax attorneys whom have advised many a person before him (successfully) and takes their advice.he probably does so in the manner that many rich people do it..."their people" handle the more mundane and annoying but critical aspects of business and trivia in their lives,with the celebrities only becoming involved if their bottom line is affected.The government only started getting interested when Wesley started becoming a viable candidate for being Hollywood's leading action star,and Wesley successfully fought them off for approximately eleven years.In THE WHITE MAN'S COURT. This would lead Wesley and many others--me among them--to infer that Wesley has eleven years of judgements reaffirming the correctness of his counsel by his tax people...NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.The USA has a REGRESSIVE tax system--the more money you make,the LESS you pay in taxes--and this system is fraught with all kinds of loop holes and tax shelters and other totally legal tax dodges.STUPID AS f*ck? Neva that.Wesley can/has been accused by some of his costars as being arrogant and difficult to work with,but by no means has he ever been stupid...quite the opposite,actually.Wesley just ran into a "crusading judge and prosecution" who likely would have been FAR LESS CRUSADING if those being prosecuted were more of the Lee Iococca type than of the Radio Raheem (DO THE RIGHT THING) type.Racism in this case is a given...but wreckless arrogance on Wesley's part juss cuz he's rich and wanted to stack a few more millions? Hell to the naw.Not conclusive by ANY stretch.Like "Steamin" Willie Beamon said:"I'm not buyin your brandy,Coach!"

Btw,I wouldn't insult anyone who's "stupid as f*ck" or even the phrase itself by comparing  them or it to OJ (Captain Sellout) Simpson.That's demeaning to every "stupid as f*ck" person and idea out there...
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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2008, 10:05:05 am »
hahahahaha...
great post SI.


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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2008, 10:30:30 am »
I'm usually down with Lion,but not this time.How do we know that Wesley ordered his employees to follow his example? Check that.Wesley is around his midforties...so since age sixteen to say 36 there was never a question of his taxes being paid.20 years...during his meteoric rise from Michael Jackson's "Bad" and NEW JACK CITY and JUNGLE FEVER and PASSENGER 57 and DEMOLITION MAN and RISING SUN and more...no tax problems.He gets in with accountants and tax attorneys whom have advised many a person before him (successfully) and takes their advice.he probably does so in the manner that many rich people do it..."their people" handle the more mundane and annoying but critical aspects of business and trivia in their lives,with the celebrities only becoming involved if their bottom line is affected.The government only started getting interested when Wesley started becoming a viable candidate for being Hollywood's leading action star,and Wesley successfully fought them off for approximately eleven years.In THE WHITE MAN'S COURT. This would lead Wesley and many others--me among them--to infer that Wesley has eleven years of judgements reaffirming the correctness of his counsel by his tax people...NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.The USA has a REGRESSIVE tax system--the more money you make,the LESS you pay in taxes--and this system is fraught with all kinds of loop holes and tax shelters and other totally legal tax dodges.STUPID AS f*ck? Neva that.Wesley can/has been accused by some of his costars as being arrogant and difficult to work with,but by no means has he ever been stupid...quite the opposite,actually.Wesley just ran into a "crusading judge and prosecution" who likely would have been FAR LESS CRUSADING if those being prosecuted were more of the Lee Iococca type than of the Radio Raheem (DO THE RIGHT THING) type.Racism in this case is a given...but wreckless arrogance on Wesley's part juss cuz he's rich and wanted to stack a few more millions? Hell to the naw.Not conclusive by ANY stretch.Like "Steamin" Willie Beamon said:"I'm not buyin your brandy,Coach!"

Btw,I wouldn't insult anyone who's "stupid as f*ck" or even the phrase itself by comparing  them or it to OJ (Captain Sellout) Simpson.That's demeaning to every "stupid as f*ck" person and idea out there...

Quoted for Truth..They played Wesley plain and simple. This dude gets 3 years for tax evasion, meanwhile cops get off for murdering a guy..you have to love the "blind" justice system!

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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2008, 04:40:10 pm »
Wesley's lawyers petition to allow him to work overseas while appeal is active..

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Re: Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2008, 07:11:35 pm »
I hope the brotha has the decision reversed or some benign (for Wesley) resolution is reached.
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