Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Actor Wesley Snipes Claims He's "Scapegoat" in Tax Fraud Prosecution

Snipes_1 In his first public comments since his indictment on tax fraud charges after seeking $12 million in tax refunds and failing to file returns for six years, actor Wesley Snipes claims he is a "scapegoat":

I know this has more to do with a few individuals with access to power, making moves (trying to move up!) and less with some alleged crime against the whole population of the United States of America. This reminds me of Rape cases where the "victim" is flipped, turned or converted into the role of victimizer, the "architect conspirator." It appears I'm to be the scapegoat, because there's more public interest in "celebrities gone bad" than "rich people being taken advantage of."

Being, a black male who asks questions doesn't help the situation either....

If I have violated someone, then I'm prepared to seek forgiveness and make amends. One is a artist and scholar seeking truth though diligent study and spiritual practice. Perhaps people like that have now become the enemy of the State. And trading with the enemy is dangerous business no matter who you are. In peace and in Light I only ask for your prayers.

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I suggest that Wesley get himself a Constitutional lawyer who actually understands the law. His defense was amateurish.
The truth is that most Americans are not legally obligated to pay the Federal Income Tax. Had his case been properly presented he could have won, this paying no tax just as Tom Cryer did in Louisiana.
For details see my web page and links thereto.

Posted by: Xenocrates | Jun 20, 2008 9:30:43 PM

I'm curious why in all these comments by prosecutors and IRS types Snipes is referred to as an "Evader" or Denier, which is the latest term in vogue, and noone says publicly or on the record that,I can find, that he broke the "LAW". Can you, or anyone else SHOW ME THE LAW that he broke other than some implied BS???????????

Posted by: RL | Apr 25, 2008 11:26:49 AM

Defense testimony showed a case titled Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad wherein it was the unanimous decision of the US Supreme Court that the 16th amendment did not give Congress any new power to tax any new subjects; it merely tried to simplify the way in which the tax was imposed. It also showed that the income tax was in fact an excise tax on corporate privileges and privileged occupations. The defense then brought out a case entitled Flint v. Stone Tracy wherein an excise tax was defined as a tax being laid upon the manufacture, sale and consumption of commodities within the country; upon licenses to pursue certain occupations; and upon corporate privileges.

Vote for Ron Paul, he will abolish the IRS and federal reserve the first week as President

Posted by: Clayton | Feb 2, 2008 5:45:12 AM

Get rid of the IRS. Vote for a presidential candidate that will repeal the IRS and get pass the FAIR TAX passed. Buy the book and read it before you say it won't work, unless you speak before knowing what you're talking about.

Posted by: Ray Durlacher | Jan 15, 2008 4:31:01 PM

I suggest that Wesley look up the former tax agents that were guests on the nightime radio show named for their advice on handling his legal problem. They were on that show about a month ago.

Posted by: Ray Durlacher | Jan 15, 2008 4:23:09 PM

He needs a new publicist.

Posted by: andy | Nov 22, 2006 7:39:24 AM