OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- 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.
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.
So are they misdemeanors, or are they crimes?
Legally there IS a difference, as misdemeanors are not as serious as crimes.
A misdemeanor is playing loud music at night... or not paying your taxes.
A crime is murdering your neighbor for playing loud music at night.
Also, love this quote: "a victory for prosecutors who sought to make an example of the action star by aggressively pursuing the maximum penalty".
He needed to be made an example of, lest other, crazy people get an idea that:
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.
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.
And this is legal and just how?
Oh that's right - the government is always right, and when it wants to get you, it gets you.
Prosecutors said Snipes' case was important to send a message to would-be tax protesters not to test the government.
Don't test the government.
Let that be a message to everyone else who wants to be a hero and not pay taxes... or protest Gitmo... or question and test the government.
Message sent and received.
Lets google for an article from an "expert" on MSNBC.com, John W. Schoen:
If you'd like to learn more about these novel interpretations of the U.S. tax law, there are lots of folks sitting in federal prisons who can fill you in on the details.
Haha - touche.
Unfortunately, there are many more of these unorthodox "tax experts" who have not yet been locked up and who are eager to expound on all manner of "legal arguments" why U.S citizens are not, in fact, required to pay taxes.
Yes, this is all laughable.
By 1913, Congress gave it one more shot, and the states ratified the Sixteenth Amendment, which says:
"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration."
With a set of tax laws so complex that no two accountants will prepare your return exactly the same way, it should come as no surprise that there is no one specific law you can point to requiring you to pay income taxes.
Lets reread this.
"With a set of tax laws so complex that no two accountants will prepare your return exactly the same way, it should come as no surprise that there is no one specific law you can point to requiring you to pay income taxes."
No wonder Wesley Snipes needed to be made an example of.
The expert at the mainstream media MSNBC says there is no law.
So that means - there is no law! The "expert" says so!
I am ready to go marching with a sign and making the 2nd American Revolution and...