Wesley Snipes – And the Jury’s Still Out! But What Does Conspiracy Mean?

January 30th has passed and the jury still has reached no verdict in the Wesley Snipes case. What does that mean? Probably it means they are doing their job!

Senior U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges announced that jurors had a question. He displayed a copy of jury instructions marked with yellow highlighter and red marks, and told the lawyers present that the jury had a question about the meaning of the term “conspiracy.”

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Snipes, Douglas Rosile and Eddie Ray Kahn are each charged 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 between 1999 and 2004.

Because none of the defendants were in the courtroom Wednesday afternoon, Hodges told the attorneys he would study the matter overnight and address with them the question of what to tell the jury Thursday morning.

The following was written in the White Collar Crime Prof Blog:

There are many levels to this trial. On the surface we see the courtroom battle with many years without tax returns, but also a question as to why he may not have filed them. Was it a conspiracy or was there a legitimate question? We also see a case in closing arguments while outside the courthouse an election is occuring. And finally we see an all-white jury coming from an all-white venire deciding the guilt or innocence of Snipes.

Commentary: I don’t see, in this country, whether you like the law or now, how one can be confused as to whether you are to file tax returns and pay taxes on income received. For years Snipes wasn’t confused. He earned money and paid taxes – just like any good citizen of this country. Then he met Kahn. Now I fear he’ll experience the Wrath of Kahn…by going to prison. (Could be wrong – doubt it)

What changed? Did Snipes somehow gain amnesia about this past earnings and taxes paid? Did he feel somehow that the laws had changed and he was no longer required? Or, did he fall prey to the likes of Kahn and his army of tax evaders (oops…I mean tax patriots)?

My bet is by week end we will see a guilty verdict on one or more levels.

Your comments?

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2 Responses to Wesley Snipes – And the Jury’s Still Out! But What Does Conspiracy Mean?

  1. jane orossy says:

    For years Snipes was confused. He earned money and paid taxes – just like a person being controlled by the mafia…. What changed? Did Snipes somehow gain amnesia about this past earnings and taxes paid? Did he feel somehow that the laws had changed and he was no longer required?

    Perhaps Wesley realized that the money he earned belonged to Him! He spent his time, his energies, his LIFE to get those earnings. There is no reason for him to turn it over to demanding “government” agents-or anyone else, for that matter. Perhaps Wesley discovered that there is no law that makes you liable for a personal income tax. Most americans are educated that there is such a law, but they are never shown the actual law. Even in court people are not shown the law that makes them liable for a tax on their earnings. They are just intimidated with a lot of doublespeak from the tax code. If you read the law and the tax code you will find that many words have been re-defined so they have different and even opposite meanings from the common usage. Free Americans are being tricked and intimidated into paying taxes they do not owe. They do not take the time to read and understand the law. They end up depending on lawyers who join with crooked judges and government agents in selling them down stream.

    Then people get on the internet and scoff and call names, insinuating they are stupid because they dared to keep their own money. How dare they not fork over their pay to the Tax thieves!!! They should know they have no right to Life, Liberty, or Property!!! What do they think this is-the land of the Free? It’s certainly not the home of the Brave. There must be something wrong with the education system or they would know not to stand up–they would just shut up and pay up that’s Amerika now!

  2. Thanks for the comment Jane…

    O.K., so I’ve heard the argument that there isn’t a law. So question for you (please don’t answer it would not be a good idea)…are you going to file your return and pay your taxes? There doesn’t have to be a LAW on the books for it to be so. Here’s the better question, isn’t it possible that Snipes (an otherwise, law abiding person) got rooked by Eddie Kahn who convinced him that he should be a patriot. Wonder how much Eddie made off of Snipes or wonder how much time they’ll spend in prison together, for their foolishness? But who knows…the jury’s still out!

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