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Wesley Snipes Sentenced to Prison

wesleysnipescourt.jpgIn an update to these posts

Wesley snipes was sentenced! to 3 years in prison!

I don’t know why that shocked me, but it does.

Apparently the prosecutors wanted the maximum sentence they could get – and they got it.

As for his defending attorneys:

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.

I wonder when he goes in…  Or if he already has – I can’t seem to find that information.

Snipes Verdict In

wesleysnipescourt.jpgAs I mentioned to you before, Wesley Snipes’ tax evasion trial was sent to the jury for deliberation on  Monday.

Well…  According to AP, the verdict is in.

NOT GUILTY of federal tax-fraud and conspiracy, but GUILTY on three counts of failing to file a tax return.  Now instead of 16 years in prison, he’s facing a possible 3.

Oy.  I mean, ok, jury of peers and all that.  But still.  Dude shouldn’t have relied so much on others, and should have had to pay the penalty for that.  I don’t know that prison should be enforced for that.

But MONEY damn well should.


Defense Rests in Snipes Evasion Case

wesleysnipes.JPGWesley 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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