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Judge denies (Wesley) Snipes appeal bid
Gamut News ^ | June 6, 2011 | Gamut News Staff

Posted on 06/06/2011 7:20:46 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday denied a bid for appeal from Wesley Snipes, a film star convicted on federal tax evasion charges, CNN reported.

Snipes, 48, is best known for his work in the movies “White Men Can’t Jump,” “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar” and “Jungle Fever,” as well as the “Blade” trilogy.

He was convicted last year of failing to file tax returns in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and began serving a three-year prison sentence in December. The actor has blamed his advisers for the lapse in payments.

CNN said Snipes did not immediately comment on the court’s denial for his request for an appeal.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: snipes; taxes; taxevasion; wesleysnipes

1 posted on 06/06/2011 7:20:50 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Always bet on black! (Except in a federal tax fraud case before the Supreme Court).


2 posted on 06/06/2011 7:22:27 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Really? How long is Rangel locked away for?


3 posted on 06/06/2011 7:24:16 PM PDT by digital-olive
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

He won’t even be thawed out again for like fifty years. And then Sly Stallone will have to be thawed out to try to stop him. Oh, wait...

Thanks TheDingoAteMyBaby.


4 posted on 06/06/2011 7:25:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

Be well.


5 posted on 06/06/2011 7:35:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Why is Snipes in prison while Geithner is in office?


6 posted on 06/06/2011 7:36:36 PM PDT by stevem
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

You just know he is in prison wondering WTF?


7 posted on 06/06/2011 7:38:53 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: ColdOne

I guess as a felon he won’t get to vote for Obama again.


8 posted on 06/06/2011 7:43:01 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Sarah Palin - She’s living rent-free inside the MSM’s heads. Credited to Lurk)
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To: cripplecreek; SunkenCiv

The future society in Demolition Man is Liberal fantasy land.


9 posted on 06/06/2011 7:47:28 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: DTogo

Amazingly accurate if you look at what “progressives” want to do.


10 posted on 06/06/2011 7:52:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I don’t like Snipes, but he got railroaded. This was a high profile in-terrorem case by the IRS: Burn a star so us plebes stay scared and toe the line.

I know several people whose businesses tanked and they missed years of tax returns. Got back on their feet, filed, and went on payment plans. No charges.

But they were little people who owed thousands, so burning them wouldn’t have made news.

This is just an object lesson for us little people. And to be blunt, it sucks because it works...


11 posted on 06/06/2011 8:11:32 PM PDT by piytar (Obama opposed every tool used to get Osama. So of course he gets the credit. /hurl)
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To: DTogo

Yeah, but what the hell are those three shells for?


12 posted on 06/06/2011 8:49:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: cripplecreek

Dennis Leary’s role was almost tolerable too.


13 posted on 06/06/2011 8:56:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv
Eco-friendly hygiene!
14 posted on 06/06/2011 9:00:14 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

No, it’s not about tax evasion. It’s about the fact that the IRS was the only federal agency with the balls to punish him for his lousy movies.

Justice had to be done.


15 posted on 06/06/2011 9:07:47 PM PDT by Fledermaus (As long as John Boehner is Speaker, conservatives are screwed. He's a coward and a crybaby.)
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To: piytar

“I don’t like Snipes, but he got railroaded. This was a high profile in-terrorem case by the IRS: Burn a star so us plebes stay scared and toe the line.”

Respectfully disagree. I don’t like or dislike Snipes or care one way or another. My understanding is that he (perhaps under the direction of his “activist” CPA) withheld taxes and returns under some theory (whose details I do not know) but it was among those very specific clusters of theories that readily qualify under long established rulings for filing “frivolous returns”. Love them or hate them, the IRS makes it crystal clear that they will take a very dim view of this, and there is no uncertainty about it.

Eg; “it wasn’t income because it was really a trade, my work for the money.”

“The senate never ratified the 16th amendment so I don’t owe you anything”

[second paragraph of the Decl of Independence] “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain **unalienable** Rights...

pronouncing the word unalienable as “unaleenable” supposedly meaning that no liens can be placed upon ones’ rights, meaning that the government cannot charge money under threat of penalty or seizure of property in the event of non-payment of taxes.

Etc. There are enhanced penalties for filing what the IRS views as frivolous returns, and WS walked right into the front door of this. This is all spelled out in painful detail in a mere half dozen or so pages not so much of or in regulations but in anecdotes, right in front of the IRS site.

Until very recently, the IRS would work with most taxpayers and compromise and etc; etc; They are quite a bit more predatory in recent years from what I understand. But if you thumb your nose at them, they do not and have not taken it lightly for a very long time. I believe Peter Schiff’s father was an early “victim” of his own private taxation theories/treatments, and the IRS cleaned his clock.


16 posted on 06/06/2011 10:10:21 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Tired of being seen as idiots, the American people went to the polls in 2008 and removed all doubt.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Hmmm. Didn’t realize Snipes was playing those games. Food for thought...


17 posted on 06/06/2011 10:59:43 PM PDT by piytar (Obama opposed every tool used to get Osama. So of course he gets the credit. /hurl)
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To: piytar
To be clear, I don't know exactly what Snipes claimed or didn't claim, and in truth your original version/impression may be more accurate than what I implied. Looking up his trial & appeal up (as much as I care to) it appears he was convicted of three misdemeanors (!) of not filing returns for 3 years and of generalized "tax evasion". I didn't see anything in particular about him filing "frivolous" returns. Ordinarily, a taxpayer who didn't file returns would not go to prison, but I guess the idea that he earned about $40 million and didn't pay spit in taxes was in itself viewed as goading the IRS' fury. Hey, maybe he can get a job at the Treasury Dep't when he get out.
18 posted on 06/06/2011 11:22:23 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Tired of being seen as idiots, the American people went to the polls in 2008 and removed all doubt.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
I think Wesley Snipes is a conservative ( appeal denied ) and Charlie Rangel is a liberal Democrat ( still in office after a mild censure )

Any questions?

19 posted on 06/06/2011 11:24:40 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Wesley Snipes is a political prisoner, just like Irwin Schiff.


20 posted on 06/06/2011 11:34:53 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: SunkenCiv

I enjoyed the Blade trilogy.


21 posted on 06/07/2011 5:08:05 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Freepmail me to get on or off the ZOT Lightning ping list.)
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To: digital-olive

Three years is a nice time for reflection. Perhaps the man will write an epic script while detained


22 posted on 06/07/2011 5:11:41 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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