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Wesley Snipes -- I Won't Be Home for the Holidays

12/6/2010 4:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Wesley Snipes won't be getting the gift of freedom for Christmas -- because a judge just DENIED the actor's request to have his surrender date pushed back until after the holidays.

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Wesley filed the request last week -- asking a federal judge in Florida if he could begin his three-year prison sentence for tax evasion on January 6, 2011 instead of December 9, 2010.

Wesley's argument ... he has "four minor children" and didn't want to get locked up "in the middle of the holiday season."

But a judge didn't see it that way -- because according to documents filed today in Florida, the judge denied the request citing the fact that Wesley was originally sentenced over two-and-a-half years ago ... and therefore the actor had "all of that time to place his affairs in order."

The judge also wrote, "The sooner he begins his sentence, the sooner it will end."

Truism.

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46.

UnboundZero    

wesley "PIPES" lol...

1231 days ago
47.

zau lahtaw    

Tax evasion is federal crime.

1231 days ago
48.

Cartman    

Time to move to France.

1231 days ago
49.

barbiemacs    

I think it is wrong citizens go to jail for not filing taxes and paying, yet, illegals are beyond the law and get nothing. In fact, they dont pay taxes and get welfare for the anchor babies...go figure. Bet little Nicki didnt even pay one dime of taxes on the "pretend" back pay she got from Meg Whitman. Why are illegals treated better than citizens??

1231 days ago
50.

tip top    

If he just go in, he'll be out. He's not gonna do the whole time

1231 days ago
51.

mike ski    

I have been following this case casually....I wonder could he have copped a plea or if he was offered some kind of reduced sentence for paying restitution? If he was he was a fool for not taking some kind of deal. I don't think there's parole when doing fed time!

1230 days ago
52.

joyce richardson    

when the real judge began to judge all men will be treated the same the scales of justice are not balanced if it was you would see all races of people being sent to jail for the same thing if mr snipes was of another race he probably wouldn't be going to jail and if people were not in denial they would say the same thing i wonder how many people have these same judges sent to jail for tax evasion well any way they all will be judged by the fariest judge of them all and that is the true an living God if you are a christian you know what i mean.why is it so hard to just see men as men and not the color of their skin

1230 days ago
53.

CHRISTYWARD    

WHY DOES OUR GOVERNMENT CRY FOUL ABOUT MONEY DUE THEM BUT THROW A MAN IN JAIL AT THE EXPENSE OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR A LENGTHY TRIAL AND HIS UPKEEP WHILE HE IS IN PRISON?

WAKE UP PEOPLE. IF YOUR GOVERNMENT WANTED TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF YOU, YOU COULD BE NEXT !!!!! THE ONLY REASON WHY THEY ARE MISUSING THEIR AUTHORITY IN THIS MANNER IS BECAUSE IT WILL BE WELL PUBLICIZED !!!!

REGARDLESS OF GUILT THE PUNISHMENT IN NO WAY FITS THE CRIME. WE KNOW THIS AND OUR GOVERNMENT KNOWS THIS. WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW NOW, IS WHAT'S GOING TO BE DONE ABOUT IT?

DO YOU FIND IT STRANGE THAT WE CAN SUE ANY PERSON FOR SLANDER, WRONG DOING, HARM OR NEGLIGENCE? WELL, THAT IS EVERYONE EXCEPT OUR GOVERNMENT (THEY ARE THE UNTOUCHABLES) AND THEY ARE THE ONES WHO DO THE MOST DAMAGE.

SURE, WE CAN TRUST OUR GOVERNMENT. JUST ASK ANY INDIAN !

1230 days ago
54.

Carol    

I think its wrong for that ******* judge to do what he did. So what he did not file taxes big deal. I live by the prison and he will be find. But the judge is the one that is in the wrong. They should of let him pay it off like they do with anyone else.God Bless the family and the hell with that judge.

1230 days ago
55.

Sha    

Please stop passing judgement. I know 95% of you are guilty of some wrongdoing. Wesley is human just like the rest of us. May God keep him and his family in loving care.

1230 days ago
56.

Carol    

I think it sucks for that judge to put him in prison because he did not file dam taxes OMG is that the end of the dam world all that judge is doing is wasting our dam tax money by puting him in our dam prison they should of just took what the hell he had to give I say give the guy a brake.I live near the prison he will be in and he will be find but the system sucks because of what they done to this man I still say they could of done something alot different than putting him in prison with him being a family man and all. I feel for his family and God Bless them and I hope that judge has a roughen Christmas.

1230 days ago
57.

Rich    

Snipes is a fool. All of this could have been avoided. He hooked up with some tax evasion cats and he believed their bull. That's why they got more time. With Federal time, you serve it all...none of this good behavior bull. Shoulda paid but instead he played. He lost. The Feds do have better food and facilities. Go head on Wes.

1228 days ago
58.

gary grady    

when he comes home he will still be better off than all you *******s commenting on him...... gary grady
p,s we all break the law one way or another,,,,,,

1227 days ago
59.

Louis    

Mr Wesley make a Big Mistake he Should pay the same Lawyer Mr.Rangel and the Treasury Secretary Mr.Geithner have,he will Solve his Tax Problems.

1227 days ago
60.

unkn    

The Libertarians have this one right when they say:Wes for Wesley Snipes

Why men can't jump on Wesley Snipes

WASHINGTON - Wes Benedict, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party, issued the following statement today:

"The federal government's recent demand for tax protester Wesley Snipes to report to prison brings attention to how horrible the federal income tax system is.

"The three-year federal prison sentence for Snipes's failure to file tax returns is absurd. Snipes is not a threat to anyone, and the judge who sentenced him clearly just wanted to scare others who might think about resisting federal taxes.

"Maybe it's worth reminding people that Wesley Snipes was acquitted of tax fraud and conspiracy charges in 2008. He was only found guilty on misdemeanor charges of 'willful failure to file an income tax return.'

"Why is a failure to file a tax return a criminal non-act? Should people ever be sent to prison for not doing something? If the IRS wants to come after Snipes and take his money, they have power to do that. Who does it help to send the man to prison?

"The tax code is incredibly vague and open to interpretation. In fact, the 'law' is largely written by IRS bureaucrats. If they decide the law says one thing, you're OK; if they decide it's something else, then you're headed for prison.

"The federal tax code also allows for 'selective enforcement,' to put it mildly. Why is it that Wesley Snipes gets a prison sentence, but known tax cheat Tim Geithner gets promoted to Secretary of the Treasury? Maybe Tim should be Wesley's cellmate. Throw tax cheat politician Charlie Rangel in the slammer too for good measure.

"Why do people like Wesley Snipes and Tim Geithner work so hard to avoid paying taxes? Because THE TAX IS TOO DAMN HIGH! When the government wants to grab 35 or 40 percent of what a person earns, you can expect that person to spend a whole lot of time, effort, and money to get around it. Accountants and tax lawyers use a giant bag of tricks to help their clients pay less tax. When the IRS decides that they're just inside the legal bounds, then everything's great. But when the IRS decides they're just outside the legal bounds, now the person's supposedly a horrible criminal who deserves our hatred. Was Snipes a fraudster, or was he just trying to do what he thought the law allowed? It all depends on who you ask.

"Should we simplify the tax code? Obviously. But better yet, I want to get rid of the federal income tax and replace it with nothing. A federal government limited to its proper functions would cost so little compared to today's bloated, unconstitutional leviathan, that an income tax would be unnecessary.

"People can argue over whether non-payment of taxes is immoral, and whether people are 'avoiding' or 'evading.' (I think one of those two is illegal, but it's hard to remember which.) As an organization, we can't encourage people to break the law. Did Snipes break the law? I have no idea. Did he behave immorally? I don't know. What I do know is that the law is horrible, and the IRS is immoral."

For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP Executive Director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.

The LP is America's third-largest political party, founded in 1971. .

1226 days ago
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