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Wesley Snipes -- Always Bet on Black Belt!

12/5/2008 4:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Wesley Snipes didn't look like a guy facing three years in prison yesterday in NYC -- and judging from his appeal, it's because he considers himself a national hero!
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His lawyers are making a last ditch effort to get him off -- by mentioning how he "quietly and without any attempt to garner publicity" helped martial arts experts train flight crews post 9/11, training which "helped thwart the notorious 'shoe bomb' attack by terrorist Richard Reid." Passenger 57... for reals!

His lawyer is using this bizarre story to prove his character -- something they say was overlooked just to make an example out of him. The appeal also claims improper jury instruction and lack of pretrial hearing are grounds to throw the sentence out.

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WTF    

Now that Suge's lawyers are available, they should call up Snipes.

2055 days ago
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Liz    

Wow, next, he will be playing the race card!

2055 days ago
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Ken    

So if I teach a flight crew how to beat up terrorists I can get away with not paying taxes? Sweet!

2055 days ago
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Jeff Dranetz    

What does his character have to do with it?
Nothing!

People who are self-employed contractors, which essentially what actors are, need to take classes in Tax Law. That means at a LEGITMATE college, not some fly-by night outfit, like the jerks that advised and swindled Snipes. The tough truth is, regardless of home much he was swindled by his "accountants", he still owes his taxes. .
Through out the history of modern show biz, entertainers time and again find themselves misled and embezzled, ending up in trouble with the IRS. From Lou Costello to Red Foxx to Billy Joel.
The only person they should trust with their money is themself.
Ignorance is no excuse for violating tax law.
Madonna lets no one else mess with her money. and she's one of the most wealthiest entertainers in the world.
In this age of Quickbooks and Tax software, I don't see how these people need to trust "managers" and "accountants".
If you want something done right......

2055 days ago
5.

Roger Moore    

Pine Hills Boyz. I cannot stop laughing, Snipes is a complete imbecile.

2055 days ago
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Orion    

Well at least his martial arts skill will come in handy in prison. just in case his cellmate gets a little toooo friendly (if you know what I mean) ha ha

2055 days ago
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anthony    

Snipes is a great guy................its not easy being a star and being able to pay your bills............. i remember way back when he was having tough times with his mortgage over in L____ I__. he should not be thrown in jail...... a lot of famous people are poorly adviced by their business managers and specially regarding income taxes................ that is a fact and that needs to be taken into consideration..

2055 days ago
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DeepFreeze3    

This worthless, arrogant, pathetic excuse for a "successful" black man has the balls to think that he can threaten an IRS agent to his face with bodily harm, flip off the government for over a decade, and have the audacity to think that he can avoid jail by playing...the 9/11 card???!!! STICK HIS SORRY ASS IN JAIL!!!

2055 days ago

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