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Always Bet on Black! Snipes (Almost) Acquitted

2/1/2008 6:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A Florida jury has acquitted Wesley Snipes of federal tax fraud and conspiracy charges, but convicted him of three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns.

Snipes, who originally faced up to 16 years in prison, could get up to three years.

His two co-defendants were convicted by the same jury of tax fraud and conspiracy.

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16.

who dat    

Celebrity justice is alive and well.

2393 days ago
17.

Davo Davo    

YOU CAN'T GIVE AWAY THE #1 POST KELLI. ONCE ITS HERE, ITS PERMANENT.

2393 days ago
18.

x    

It ain't cause he's black. That's so idiotic to say. It's cause he's got some damn good lawyers, who have gotten a lot of WHITE people off.

2393 days ago
19.

monique    

You can bet his azz will be paying his taxes from now on. They are thinking long-term, not short term.

2393 days ago
20.

Hoser-eh    

MABEY HER CAN BE CELLMATES WITH O J KEEP DA BROS TOGEHTER

2393 days ago
21.

Sally    

#15 - not correct at all. You need a good lawyer who can make the distinction between a criminal act and a civil act. His lawyer argued that his tax avoidance was not a criminal act but a civil act, and he was right.

2393 days ago
22.

toomanydoggies    

He won't serve any jail time for failure to file his income tax returns. He will have to pay a failure to file penalty to the IRS

2393 days ago
23.

Presto    

Double Standard:

It's not a double standard, it's probably just good lawyering.

2393 days ago
24.

monique    

Probation and a small fine. Supposedly, he could get up to three years. If they wanted to put him in jail, they would have.

2393 days ago
25.

Kelli    

It's the thoughtfulness that counts mista. Better luck next post.

2393 days ago
26.

Abe    

He played the race card and won. #8 is correct only those who cannot afford multi million dollar representation have to pay taxes. The wealthy and especially the famous do not.
Sad thin is he probably spent more on legal fees then his tax bill.
I hope he at least has to pay back taxes and penalties, and interest.
Singer Dionne Warwick owes more than $2.5 million dollars, comedian Sinbad's bill is $2.1 million dollars and O.J. Simpson owes $1.4 million dollars.
Snipes should spend a decade in prison, but he wont do a single day.

2393 days ago
27.

Joe    

The legal system in this country is so screwed up. It doesn't matter if you're guilty or not, it just matters how much money you have.

2393 days ago
28.

arlenepr    

WOW, WHAT A RACIST THING TO SAY...AND IM WHITE!

2393 days ago
29.

Katerina    

Just don't mess with Blade.

2393 days ago
30.

Kay    

He convinced the jury he's an idiot. Probably wasn't hard.

2393 days ago
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