This is the most amazing trial I’ve seen in a long time. Simply Amazing!
Snipes and co-defendants Rosile and Eddie Ray Kahn are charged each with one count of conspiracy to defraud and one count of aiding and abetting the making of a false and fraudulent claim as part of an alleged tax fraud scheme. Snipes also is charged with six counts of willfully failing to file federal income tax returns.
So, let’s get this straight. The prosecution presented testimony all last week, expecting the Snipes defense to put on their defense this week. But, to the surprise of many, the defense rested without calling any witnesses. No witnesses!
Attorney Robert Bernhoft, lead counsel for Snipes who said he was also speaking for Snipes’ co-defendant Douglas Rosile, told U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges the defense would call no witnesses. He then sought a directed verdict of not guilty, contending the government had failed to prove its case, which Hodges denied.
I’m beginning to feel that all associated with Snipes (including Snipes himself) are idiots. That may seem harsh and hopefully there are some out there who will comment and share what would motivate such a tactic, but as I see it – it is suicide. The verdict from the jury will be GUILTY. Mark my word.
The Snipes team gave reports the following comment related to the decision not to prosecute:
“Today, the defense in the Wesley Snipes tax trial rested. We chose not to call witnesses, because there was no need to. The government prosecutors have put on a case that simply does not come close to meeting the standard of its burden of proof to the two conspiracy counts against Wesley and the six misdemeanor counts of failing to wilfully file a tax return. We want to thank the many witnesses willing to testify on Wesley’s behalf, but it was obvious after we went over the evidence the government presented that we could move on to closing arguments immediately and get a just acquittal for Wesley on all counts listed in the indictment.”
Now, one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Snipes team must feel that they are better off hoping that the jury will find Snipes innocent assuming the government didn’t prove their case.
Reality Check: With everything the prosecution used to show that Snipes failed to comply with the law and the attitude that Snipes has demonstrated throughout – it would be almost impossible to find Snipes innocent. If he is innocent…they a lot of people convicted of similar issues will go free and I don’t see that happening.
I feel for Snipes as I believe that he has been almost brainwashed by Kahn. I think Kahn convinced Snipes to drink the “koolaid” and Snipes gulped. And, I’m afraid that his big gulp will land him in federal prison where he won’t be the tough guy his acting persona portrays.
Comments are welcome!