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Wesley Gets Three Years!!!

4/24/2008 6:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wesley SnipesA judge has just sentenced Wesley Snipes to three years in prison for tax evasion. Forget black -- always bet on the U.S. government!

Snipes was not forced to surrender immediately. Instead, the judge ruled he could surrender at a later date, closer to his New Jersey home.

Nathan J. Hochman, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Tax Division, said, "Snipes' long prison sentence should send a loud and crystal clear message to all tax defiers that if they engage in similar tax defier conduct, they face joining him and his co-defendants ... as inmates in prison."

Snipes was convicted in February on three misdemeanor charges for not filing his taxes. The government claimed he owed $2.7 mil -- but Snipes' attorneys argued it was just $228,000. No fine was imposed, but the three-year sentence was the max he could have gotten.


Celebrity friends Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson wrote letters in his defense to appeal for leniency. Oh well ...

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271.

randomperson    

it will be just a few days when we learn that he is getting out early....or not even having to go at all. if only i was a celebrity.... i could get away with so much.

2269 days ago
272.

mordrrakk    

1. he was actually fighting on the grounds that all taxation is unconstitutional based on some obscure point in an old federal law. Not just for himself but for all people.

2. He is one dumb rich fool to think he was going to win against the most powerful,corrupt, and deceptive governments in modern history.

3. second I get a large sum of money, im moving to switzerland, the lump sum tax is much more reasonable then taxing me my whole life.

2269 days ago
273.

W    

Oh people, Wesley Snipes did not break the law, there is no law stating you need to pay taxes. look it up!, also the federal reserve is not federal, its owned by private bankers. look that up too. we are all being fooled. I dont blame Wesley snipes, I wish he got away with it. he did NOTHING WRONG.

2269 days ago
274.

Kelly    

People are going to say he got a harsh sentence. Boo hoo. I make $28,000 a year and paid about $4000.00 in taxes. He couldn't survive a month off of my income so I don't feel sorry for him at all. He's no better then anybody else.

2269 days ago
275.

Shauna    

Oh, I get it...if you are an american citizen, you go to jail if you don't pay your taxes but if you are a illegal alien, all you got to do is pay 2,000 dollars. Right Washington? Right GW Bush, Obama, McCain, Hillary?

2269 days ago
276.

Mary    

He should have paid his taxes & since he didnt there should definately be a penalty but 3 years seems a little harsh!! Other celebs can go out and drive drunk and risk hurting or killing innocent people and they merely get a slap on the wrist...it doesn't seem fair.

2268 days ago
277.

Carter    

#13 Two words for you "MARTHA STEWART!!!" #10 Hit the nail on the head with his comment!

2266 days ago
278.

TONY NY    

WE HAVE TO PAY TAXES. SO WHAT MAKES HIM THINK HE DOESN'T HAVE TO .WHAT WORLD IS HE LIVING IN.

2266 days ago
279.

Beebosmom    

If I have to pay taxes on the piddley amount of income, why shouldn't Wesley Snipes pay taxes on his income? Where does he come off being above the law? Go to Prison, get a # and sit in your cell 23 hours a day, maybe this will humble you.

2266 days ago
280.

PEACE    


The Hidden Upside to the End of Constitutional Protections

We have been dismayed by the parlor game going on in the halls of power, true enough. An anti-torture bill designed to codify torture; the acceptance and legalization of domestic espionage without court order or demonstrable cause; the removal of habeas corpus, one of those petty legal terms that the entire arc of American law relies upon. The Republican Party decided that their election-year strategy, this September, would be to take boxcutters to the Constitution, and they found just enough accomplices to do it.

But there are upsides, here. And the primary upside is that, after being a movement dominated by the terror of government ready to go amok, people who carried the Bill of Rights on cards in their wallets and stockpiled guns with the belief that only guns would save them, the conservative and far-right movements have finally given us the precise legal tools to remove the far-right from the national landscape. Forever.

Before Osama bin Laden, there was the American citizen and terrorist Timothy McVeigh, who drove a truck full of explosives to the front of a government building and detonated it, as an act of terrorism against the United States. Before the Cole bombing, there was an organized series of mail bombings against judges, bombings of abortion clinics, assassinations of abortion doctors, conducted by those affiliated with Operation Rescue and an assortment of domestic terrorist organizations. Weaponized anthrax, sent to news outlets and liberal politicians. The Atlanta Olympics were attacked by terrorists as well, a shrapnel-laced explosive detonated in the crowded Olympic village in order to cause as many deaths as possible. Even if al Qaeda had not existed, the unholy wraith of terrorism against Americans, on American soil, still would be a compounding and urgent problem. And all of those acts were perpetrated by Americans, and specifically by the American far-right.

These acts of conservative terrorism have been all but forgotten, after bin Laden's crimes. But they are domestic terrorism, and were explicitly intended as such, and of the sort that these new Republican, conservative laws are precisely aimed at taking on.

The advantage of these new laws in these new times is, bluntly, that normal rules of evidence no longer apply, and that those charged with aiding terrorism need not be granted a trial; no actual crime need be alleged; no evidence need be presented against them; nobody else is required to be even informed of their imprisonment; there is no appeal. If the President of the United States determines them to be affiliated with terrorism -- and it does not matter if that President is Republican or Democrat -- the judgment is final. All that is required to strip an American citizen of their Constitutional rights, strip them of their citizenship itself, and declare them an enemy combatant in the fight against terrorism is the say-so of the President. That's it.

So if we are dejected, today, that Americans no longer are protected by the Constitution, cheer up just a bit. Because from now on, American terrorists and their conservative supporters aren't protected by the Constitution either. It has been changed, in this time of war, according to their own new laws -- and that means that at the first point in which the Republicans lose power, these same new laws can be used to imprison those that all reasonable men agree are terrorists, and their supporters, and those giving them assistance and comfort.

The entire far-right conservative movement is tied, in no more than two or three degrees of separation, to U.S. terrorist Timothy McVeigh. His roots and his support were based in the conservative militia movement, a collection of far-right groups and organizations, many of them white supremacist in nature or affiliated with the even more noxious Christian Identity movement. Many of these groups stockpile guns and ammunition in the direct belief that those guns will be required against the U.S. government, and in places like Ruby Ridge and Waco, have brought those weapons to bear. They are proven terrorists; this much is indisputable. Under the new laws, future Attorneys General will be able to mark these individuals as enemy combatants, and no further Constitutional protections will apply. Janet Reno will be marked as the last Attorney General to have had to deal with terrorism unequipped with the new laws designed to strip such figures of their citizenship and trial rights.

A mere presidential finding, now, is now sufficient to determine which men among these conservative militia groups are the terrorist leaders, and which are the followers, and which are supporters. The acts of Timothy McVeigh were praised by many, on the right. Those men are themselves terrorists; arrest them. The men supporting the militia movements through word and deed; they, too are terrorists. A

2265 days ago
281.

BWare    

Karma is a b-----...remember the comment in "Ebony" years ago, he did not like black women, they were to brash. Now he wants to say that this is about race. How convenient...oh and I am a black woman.....

2265 days ago
282.

PEACE    

McCain Left His Crippled Wife for a 25 Year-Old

Everyone's heard about Bill Clinton's blow job. Everyone's heard about Rudy Giuliani's divorces and affairs. But, strangely enough, the media has mostly ignored the fact that John McCain, while in his 40's, cheated on his wife (who had been crippled in a car accident) and left her for a 25 year-old. His new young wife then went on to become addicted to drugs and stole pills on a regular basis from a charity she had created called the American Voluntary Medical Team.

All the dirty details are in this article.

McCain is a war hero. True. But he's not exactly as squeaky-clean as the mainstream media would like you to believe.

If this becomes a Clinton vs McCain election, anytime someone brings up Bill's infidelity, you can point out that at least he stayed with his wife. This is better than John McCain, who left his crippled wife for a women almost twenty years younger who ended up a Limbaugh-like-pill-popper.

2264 days ago
283.

cougar    

How many times have other celebrities gotten away with far worse things? I think as many times as Paris Hilton has been in trouble with the law not to mention Lindsey Lohan and gotten off scott free that Mr. Snipe should be afforded the same courtesy. Im sure there are other celebrities doing the same thing, they just haven't got caught yet,

2263 days ago
284.

mrstude    

OK Karen...you said you didn't follow the story so let me enlighten you because he was not acquitted of ALL felony charges. He has evaded the IRS for MANY years and I mean like 10 years of tax evasion - has not filed a return. He was acquitted of ALL but 3 of the felony charges. Yes, they may be using him as an example but we all know that the rich only get richer and the poor get poorer because there used to be a huge middle class in America but because of the economy we have more of a huge poor population than we do middle class now. With that said, Wesley Snipes and, I don't care what color they are...black, white, red, green, ALL should pay when not paying taxes. Most people do. Most people end up paying a huge penalty for tax evasion but Mr. Snipes would not work with the IRS, hid his money in overseas accounts, had instructed his employees to quit paying taxes, threatened government officials (which I really don't care about that part because some need to be slapped around), and thought he was too good to be contributing to the country that helped make him the big STAR that he is today. If you want to work in this country then you need to pay! He has done nothing but help put a burden on the fans that have helped put him in the position that he is in now because who do you think pay the most taxes in this country and support this country? Not the rich!

2263 days ago
285.

BustindaBogus    

He should have just killed his ex-wife....What a screwed up system we have...

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