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Posted on Apr 24, 2008

A Florida court sentenced Wesley Snipes to 36 months in prison for tax evasion on Thursday, despite the actor’s plea for mercy and written character testimonials by fellow stars Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson.

During the sentencing, Snipes did apologize.

“I asked this court to show me mercy and the opportunity to set things right,” Snipes said. “This will never happen again. I am very sorry for my mistakes or my errors.”

He added, “being in the spotlight attracts loving fans, and jackals.”

However, the judge indicated that deterrent was an important factor in tax cases.

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By Vito, May 10, 2008 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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Right On the Money. This country has gone to hell and will end up there, greed is the problem, no price is to high to make a few bucks and knock down a segment of the population.

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By voice of truth, May 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment


No one, regardless of “poor people without equal opportunities to survive that is” is ever forced into breaking the law.  That is just crap.  Breaking the law, regardless of the “seriousness” of the crime, is a conscious act.

We as a society can not choose which laws are worth adhering to and which are not.  That is called anarchy.  That is why we are a Republic, ruled by law, and not a Democracy, ruled by the Mob.

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By Paracelsus, May 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

I had been advocating nonpaymeny of taxes for awhile on Truthdig. I know the candidates are all compromised and controlled. For some reason when I put this forth I am thought of as reactionary and uninformed by some. I see very few other options as these withheld taxes since the time of FDR have been used to support an empire and not a republic. I know people will scream, “What about the poor who need our tax money?” Well, my friends direct aid to single mother has been less than 2% of the federal budget for years. The government cheese is becoming such a marginal benefit that it can’t justify our gangster government. Is it worth it for the orphanage to accept money from Don Corleone, while he is recruiting 13 year old girls into his brothels?

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By hippy pam, May 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

Sue…yes-turn OFF the television…Do Not watch movies..Do Not read books…GO MAKE MORE BABIES[or whatever you do for entertainment]and leave the comments alone[since you are OUT OF TOUCH…..]-DCHAL and CYREA are OBVIOUSLY MORE IN TOUCH WITH REALITY[since they do watch the news AND read]

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 4, 2008 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

Well, at least someone is being honest, QuantumOnion. But that is exactly what they want! For you to want to “avoid Snipes’ fate”, you have to FEAR.

In that fearing, they then have control over you - and everything that you do. Worse, it is instilled into you in the ‘educational’ institutions as a child…....

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By Bill Blackolive, May 4, 2008 at 7:47 am Link to this comment
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My friend Cyrena and I see we are sliding quickly into fascism.  What could Obama do, I wonder.  Could he call off this empire of global military bases?  I think the only means we have is somehow getting the 9/11 coverup into the Corporate Media.  Alan Miller of Patriotsquestion9/11 says he has been trying every way he can think of but the blind/deaf stay blind and deaf.  His site has over a thousand voices, including politicians, hundreds of engineers, and airplane pilots and movie stars.  What the hell is it going to take?

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 4, 2008 at 1:09 am Link to this comment

Poor cyrnea, uhh….....

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By QuantumOnion, May 3, 2008 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment
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Many good points previously made.  Given that our country is obviously no longer “for the people and by the people,” it is no longer worth the taxes necessary to maintain it.  I pay them, nonetheless, to avoid Snipes’ fate.

I, like I suspect many others, would cease doing so at a moment’s notice were a reasonable case to be made that the IRS were impotent in its role.


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By Felipe V., May 2, 2008 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment
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This is what a Federal Judge ruled when asked that same question. “The government does not have to answer the American People’s questions, even though it is guaranteed in the First Amendment”.....Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled on 8-31-05.

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By THE YOUNG ARE HERE, April 30, 2008 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment

After reading all the post here. I felt it should be pointed out that there is no law saying we have to pay an income tax.  I see that wasn’t the point but why isn’t it brought up?

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By Fred Ceely, April 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment
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I hate to break this to you, but when Blacks fail to follow the law, the law comes down on them much heavier than it does on Whites, or even Hispanics.  In my wilder days my friend Jose got two to five years for a cocaine thing, he did twenty nine months, more than the minumum.  Blacks in the same prison for the same thing got twice the years; Whites in similar situations got half.

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By solnet, April 29, 2008 at 2:50 am Link to this comment
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Sue on April 25 at 5:01 pm #

YES, the system is working. Snipes should be treated like anybody else that breaks the law.

Gee lets see.. the Bush clan broke plenty of laws .. Mr libby even got convicted .. but was pardoned by the judge

BUT not one of them have even spent any time in front of a judge if any jail time at all.

I’m so GLAD the system works for you sue.. perhaps you are white and a card carrying member of the bush clan. And oh when you get around to it.. can you explain why the SOBs that steal our taxes and kill and lie don’t suffer any consequences from our “system that works so well”

But since it is working out so well for you obviously you are ready to cheer on this yet another case of revenge by the monster called our government.

Shame on anyone that thinks justice has been done

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By cyrena, April 28, 2008 at 9:18 pm Link to this comment

I actually have to agree with Chalmers this time, and this comment from Sue reaffirms my conviction that she’s just not ‘right bright in the head’ as the old country folks would say.

So Sue, you’re proving it again, if you claim that Chalmers hates white people. That is a lie. Chalmers pretty much hates everybody, but he’s at least smart enough to know what this is about…and it IS about keeping black people down.

And guess what Sue, it NEVER ‘goes both ways’. If we were about finding people guilty when they break the law, we wouldn’t still be a nation led by criminals who have broken every law in the book, including the worst of the worst of ALL crimes, without ever being held accountable.

The ignorance of your ideology knows no bounds. You would have been perfectly at home and comfortable as a member of Hitler’s Nazi regime, rounding folks up and marching them off to concentration camps and slaughter chambers. Just because Hitler told you to.

It’s people like you who have allowed our nation to succomb to the evils of fascism.

Breaking the law…you say? Oh PLEASE!!! Who said black people don’t get to commit the most horrendous of crimes and get away with it? Have a look there at Condi the Rice.

No, Chalmers is right this time, even if he IS crazy as a betsy bug. This is about keeping black folks down, and it’s impossible to ‘forget the past’ when it happens to be the PRESENT! (as if that ever changed)

“Ignorance is the most violent element of society”

~Emma Goldman

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By G.Anderson, April 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm Link to this comment

Great Point.. it’s not really about punishment anyway, it’s about revenege….

Because he had the nerve not to be afraid.

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By Shillum, April 27, 2008 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment
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Truly, no one is able to buy and sell unless he take the mark of the beast.  Poor man, the beast came for him, and terrified his little soul.  I have no such fear of the devil.

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By Paracelsus, April 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

He was convicted for refusing to testify against himself. If the government really had a case against him, he would have been convicted of felonies.

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By Paracelsus, April 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Snipes did not get the stiff sentence for not paying his income taxes. He wsa acquited of the charge of not paying his income taxes. Please read more carefully. He got convicted of three misemenanor charges. Usually a misdemeanor charge is much less than 1 year. If you look closely at it the misdemeanor charges were not filing income tax returns, which is a specious charge due to the 5th amendment. You know, the right not to testify against oneself.

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By boggs, April 27, 2008 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment

But there won’t be a parade of them going to jail.
Look at Tom DeLay, still walking the streets preying on the people.
Look at John McCain who stole from the taxpayers of Arizona, and the Enron CEO’s who robbed from every single Calif. resident.
Bush has a brother who robbed the taxpayers of Colorado, and W himself robbed the taxpayers of Texas. None are in jail.

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By jackpine savage, April 26, 2008 at 10:17 pm Link to this comment

No American citizen living abroad pays taxes unless their income exceeds $90,000.  Generally, said citizen pays taxes in the host country.

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By shanenol, April 26, 2008 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment

I’m glad to see Mr. Snipes receiving a stiff penalty for tax evasion. His celebrity status doesn’t make him exempt from paying taxes. In fact, I believe celebrities should be ready and willing to pay their taxes as they are already extremely wealthy and overpaid. The judge’s decision to sentence Snipes to the maximum sentence sends a message that celebrities will not be given preferential treatment in our court system.

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By Blackspeare, April 26, 2008 at 11:18 am Link to this comment

Snipes’ sentence was severe because he was involved with a tax evasion scam.  Normally, if you owe no taxes you do not have to file a return, though you should just to be nice to the IRS.  This was Snipes’ problem——he was led to believe he owed no tax to the IRS and thus no need to file (willful). His co-conspirators got longer sentences because they devised the scam that lured Snipes——nice try anyway!

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By 911truthdotorg, April 26, 2008 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

Sadly, it doesn’t even shock me anymore when three NYPD cops are acquitted for shooting an unarmed black man 50 times and they send Wesley Snipes to prison for not paying his taxes.

Taxes that he, nor any of us, should be paying in the first place!

The official 9/11 story is a total lie!

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By Sue, April 26, 2008 at 4:17 am Link to this comment
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Dear Douglas,
Why is it that people continue to mention the color of skin? Don’t you know that they very fact that you brought this up shows you hate white people? You need to move into the future.
Life is too short to dwell on the past. The fact is he didn’t follow the law, period….... standing up for someone who doesn’t follow the law because of their color is a worse offense than you are accusing others of. No court should be intimidated into not finding a person guilty or not guilty because of a color - that goes both ways.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 26, 2008 at 12:08 am Link to this comment

This is the white vote against the black vote….... keep’em down!

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By David, April 25, 2008 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment
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YES, another great reason for the fairtax act thank you.

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By Sue, April 25, 2008 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment
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YES, the system is working. Snipes should be treated like anybody else that breaks the law. Why in the heck would his friends come to is defense for not paying his taxes. Hollywood makes me sick. People turn off your TV, stop watching their movies, and feeding on their overinflated egos. Hollywood is a joke. These people actually think people care what their political views are too - hilarious.

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By Margaret Currey, April 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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I think that this is happening partly because of the administration in Washington, those who are in the know don’t pay taxes they just take it off shore.

If the man owes taxes why not just add interest to the owed taxes or put the man on probation.

I think this is just like the problem of DWB if Snipes was DWW would he have served this must jail time.

I think there is a code word here.

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By tim, April 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment
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“Igor Olenicoff, who agreed in December to pay $52 million to settle a federal criminal tax case, was sentenced in federal court in Santa Ana to two years probation and 120 hours of community service.”

So where was the need to establish a deterrent in this case, judge? I doubt Snipes owed THAT much, this guy owed 53 MILLION dollars and furthermore had the cash to pay it off. NO jail time.

Three years is a hell of a long time to be in jail. Especially for this.

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By rodney, April 25, 2008 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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He should have registered as a American citizen living in Iraq. Then he would not have to pay taxes. But just like Marion Jones,Barry Bonds,Micheal Vick, Ronald Isley,and now Dionne Warwick the US Justice department targets Just-US. Every now and then They’ll go after a Martha Stewart because she was a powerful woman. But the criminals from Enron, Black water.Karl Rove,George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld,Paul Wolofwitz and Alberto Gonzales can torture,commit crimes against humanity,lie prosecute people for political purposes and nothing happens to those folks. The selective prosecution of people in this country makes it as corrupt as any nation in the history of mankind, I’m sure Obama. Oprah and Rev. Wright are next on the list. God Bless America and no place else all the way to hell, with Bush and Cheney leading the way.

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By DennisD, April 25, 2008 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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Yep - he got bad advice, he should have paid off the right government officials like the real corporate tax thieves do and he would’ve never made it to court.

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By boggs, April 25, 2008 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

The patriots who wish to evade paying their taxes just pin a flag in their lapel and move their business to the Cayman Islands.
There is a civil war erupting in our U.S. It may be without much fanfare, most would only look at it as a denial of justice, however, the courts and the police of most cities and the white elitists are going after the brown and black and the poor with every tool available to them.

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By Brady, April 25, 2008 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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Federal tax, federal court, federal judge paid by the federal tax, yes sir bud certainly a fair trial.

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By G.Anderson, April 25, 2008 at 6:30 am Link to this comment

I guess, taking every dime from you isn’t enough.

They have to have their pound of flesh too.

Our government, views the people as the enemy, who they must rule by fear.

If they really want to make an example of Mr. Snipes why not just take him to the town square and whip him with a bull whip 50 times.

Would even that satisfy their thirst for blood?

The only lesson that people are learning from this is that the IRS needs to go.

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By cyrena, April 25, 2008 at 12:20 am Link to this comment

Actually Kiwi,

Had he been female, he very likely WOULD have spent some time in jail. Females are treated by the justice system in the US about the same way that blacks are.

But you’re right about the other stuff. We have the highest crime rate, because we MANUFACTURE criminals by feeding one out of 10 of us though the system that turns ordinary people(poor people without equal opportunities to survive that is)into criminals.

One day in any US prison, (human wharehouse that is) even just as an ‘observer’ will explain exactly how this happens, and quickly.

When you cage up human beings like animals, that’s what comes about.

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By Kiwi, April 24, 2008 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment

How many minutes would he have spent in jail?

Obviously tax evasion is a thousand times worse than drunk driving.
America has the largest prison population in the Western World. You also have the lowest crime rate? Quite the opposite!

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By jo6pac, April 24, 2008 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment
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Well his is black so it must be bad.
WS I hope we see you on the other side.

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By Paolo, April 24, 2008 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment

If the IRS continues to “make examples” of people, maybe one day there will be a revolution. I know the psychology of showing the Iron Fist is to make people cower, but some day, it may have the opposite effect.

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By cyrena, April 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment

The judge said this is ‘deterrent’ is an important factor in tax cases’.

That’s code for, ‘we’re making an example out of you boy’.

Now let’s might this ‘deterrent’ factor work in torture cases, or cases of illegal wars of aggression, that kill millions, or the Dick Cheney cabal stealing trillions of our tax dollars and then escaping to Dubai with it? (to avoid paying taxes).

Wonder how the deterrent would work with that?

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By kath cantarella, April 24, 2008 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment
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No tax evader belongs in jail. Only violent people belong in jail.

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