Wesley Snipes’ defense team, led by Robert Barnes, rested their case on Monday morning, without calling any witnesses to testify. They spent just one hour in the courtroom. As oppose to the Prosecution’s 2 weeks worth of presentation.
Which seems rather… strange.
Snipes is on trial for tax evasion.
Barnes & Co. explained their no-defense tactic by claiming the prosecution’s case was so weak, they bore the “complete failure of their burden.”
“We could have put on a big show, but we don’t do that. We’re not going to waste the jury’s time.”
Snipes claims that the financial management company Starr and Co. gave him faulty advice about proper tax paying.
You know – ’cause if someone tells you wrong, you didn’t actually commit a crime. I’ll be sure to tell the next Officer who pulls me over that I just didn’t know! I’m sure it’ll go over swell.
On Friday, Internal Revenue Service agent Steward Stich testified that between 1999 and 2004, Snipes earned $37,897,053, but that he failed to file tax returns or pay any taxes whatsoever on the income.
OK – 1) I may be a little bitter. Because even though we’ve got two full time incomes and 2 part time incomes in our little household – $37,897,053 seems GROSSLY overpaid. 2) DUDE! What made him think he didn’t need to pay taxes??
The case is expected to go to closings on Tuesday, and then it’s off to the jury. However, a fast verdict isn’t being expected. He could face up to 16 year sin prison.
And just so we’re all clear – I pay my taxes. Like a
smart good girl.
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