By all accounts this trial will be fun (in some sense of the word) – at least, the concepts will provide some novel approaches to taking on the Federal Government.
As his (Wesley Snipes) trial begins in Ocala Florida, let’s look at some of the comments from both the prosecution and his defense. When your finished reading – share your thoughts. Quotes are from a Reuters story on January 16, 2008.
“The defendants Snipes, Kahn and Rosile willfully agreed to defraud the United States of revenue it was due,” prosecutor Robert O’Neill told the jury in his opening statement.
Snipes (and others) is charged with failing to file tax returns for years 1999 to 2004. Likewise, he sought refunds totaling more than $11 million for taxes paid in 1996 and 1997. Now any person with basic logical sense knows that it is a losing battle when you don’t file your returns. Sorry, but that’s just dumb!
Snipes’ lawyer, Robert Bernhoft, said Snipes was waiting for the IRS to answer his inquiries about his need to file returns, and always stood “ready to pay and file.”
Snipes took the advice of others (some of whom are on trial) and bought into the concept that one didn’t have to file and pay taxes. On a personal note, I have seen many of those folks – seen them in federal prison. Not filing and paying one’s taxes will ultimately land you in federal prison – which is exactly where I think Snipes will find himself.
O’Neill told the jury that Snipes in 2000 joined Kahn’s group, American Rights Litigators, whose focus is to “thwart the process of the IRS.”
He called the group’s main argument against the requirement to pay taxes a “bizarre, gibberish kind of idea.”
O’Neill said the group prints what it calls “Bills of Exchange” which are “nonsense documents” as purported payment for IRS bills. Snipes, he said, sent Bills of Exchange totaling $14 million along with IRS payment vouchers to the government.
Kahn, who is charged with conspiracy and is representing himself, has declined to participate in the trial, but made a statement to the jury explaining that he believes the court has no jurisdiction in the case.
Now, that’s the mark of an idiot – a man representing himself who doesn’t show for trial and thinks the court has no jurisdiction in the case. The last time I heard or saw that – it was Sadam Hussein and I seem to think that he was hung to death. There is no good that can come from such a bizzare concept and choice.
But back to Snipes – he is being tried in Ocala, Florida and out front of the courthouse is the statue of a confederate war hero. He is the inspiration for Forrest Gump. In that movie, Forrest said his mother always said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Now I never took Wesley Snipes for Stupid, but following Eddie Kahn is evidence to the contrary.
Financial and Tax Fraud Education Associates has the following listed for Eddie. (Read this as it is just a hoot).
Eddie caters to the dumbest of the dumb, and his theories for not paying taxes are thus the dumbest of the dumb. Eddie has claimed variously that he can’t find the Form 1040, that the IRS was not created by Congress and apparently just materialized out of the blue, that the IRS doesn’t have the power to collect taxes, that the United States doesn’t actually include the states, but is actually limited to the District of Columbia, that all the money collected from taxes goes to the International Monetary Fund (Eddie doesn’t say who pays for our aircraft carriers, but what the hey), and that so long as keep out of the Social Security Program that you’ll never have to file taxes.
See the attached link to review a seminar advertisement from Eddie Kahn. http://www.quatloos.com/EKADaytonOHSeminarFlyer101202.pdf
Prediction: Snipes loses this battle. “Blade” goes silent as he’ll serve time. Snipes will get some real life experience for prison characters he might play in the future.
But what do you think?