Appearing on Larry King Live – Wesley Snipes took his argument to stay out of prison to the public stating that he was hopeful that the system of justice will smile in his direction if (and that’s a big if) the Supreme Court hear his appeal. Will they? DOUBTFUL.
“We still have prayers out there. We still believe in miracles. So don’t send me up the river yet,” Snipes said in an interview on Larry King Live last night. Tomorrow he will report to Federal Prison in PA and begin what will be a life changing event for him – over 30 months of confinement in federal prison.
Snipes’ avoided felony charges in his tax trial, but was convicted of misdemeanors for not filing tax returns in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
“I think any man would be nervous if his liberty is at stake,” Snipes said. “I’m disappointed that the system seems not to be working for me in this situation.”
According to Prosecutors, Snipes earned $40 million since 1999 but had filed no returns and had been involved in a tax resisters group. The head of the tax resisters group was found guilty of felony tax evasion and is actively serving a prison sentence now. Of course, instead of accepting responsibility, Snipes disputed such involvement and said that the failure to file was his advisers’ fault.
“This is another thing that has been misreported: It has been framed that I was a conspirator and that I was an architect in a scheme by an organization that has been characterized as tax protesters,” Snipes said. “The press hasn’t reported that I was a client of people who I trusted [who] had knowledge and expertise in the areas of tax law that would protect my interests.”
Personally, I think that Wesley is guilty of attempting to find innocence instead of stepping up or manning up and telling the truth. Wesley isn’t stupid, he’s quite capable. Yes, he was knee deep in the throws of believing that this tax protester group had something and that something was an argument that he’d avoid having to pay taxes on a substantial sum of money.
BIG WIN FOR THE IRS
Having face a few losses in this area – one especially from an attorney in Louisiana – the IRS could not afford to let Snipes go free. He was far to public a figure and if Snipes won, many followers of the tax avoidance scheme would become followers and have a dramatic impact on undermining the system of tax compliance in this country.
According to a CNN article:
But prosecutors, in their sentencing recommendation, said the jurors’ decision “has been portrayed in the mainstream media as a ‘victory’ for Snipes. The troubling implication of such coverage for the millions of average citizens who are aware of this case is that the rich and famous Wesley Snipes has ‘gotten away with it.’ In the end the criminal conduct of Snipes must not be seen in such a light.”
Snipes suggested he was unfairly singled out by prosecutors.
“It does seem to be rather unusual and rather bizarre when you had a prosecutor come into the sentencing and say that this is the biggest tax trial in the history of the IRS,” Snipes said. “I think there is a certain amount of selectivity going on here.”
Honestly, the prosecutors were right. If Snipes went free…all heck would break loose when it comes to tax compliance.
“There have been some egregious and very malicious efforts to report the facts of this case,” Snipes said. “I was never charged with tax evasion. I’ve never been a tax protester.”
Wesley come on…man up here big guy. Accept the fact that you weren’t just relying on a reputable firm when you made the choices you did. You were on the fringe – no where close to main stream when it came to your responsibilities as a US citizen. And, you know above all, if the government could have convicted you on tax evasion they would have. You got lucky. Your only bad luck was being sentenced to prison for failure to file. I admit – that is unusual – but I also understand. If you’d filed and paid as you should have you’d be home with your family this Christmas…not in prison.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN PRISON
Those first steps in are tough. You know as you walk through the door that life is about to change dramatically!
More than likely you’d be placed in a holding cell once you arrive. You’ll be given a set of rules to read and while you sit there – potentially for hours, you’ll have time to think about what you’re facing. You’ll think about what you’ve done that got you here and soon…you’ll come to grips with whether you still want to believe that you’re a victim or whether you’ll accept that your choices got you there.
When the keys jingle and the door opens to let you out…you’ll be seen (more than likely) by a physician’s assistant who will give you a TB test and soon thereafter you’ll be taken to the laundry where you’ll receive your prison uniform and bedding. Once received you’ll walk holding your new clothing across the prison compound for all to see – a fresh new inmate – “Blade” behind bars – potentially a target. As you step into your cell you’ll meet your cell mate and at that moment you become “one of them” – life will change.
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