Monday, June 11, 2007
I previously have blogged actor Wesley Snipes' indictment on tax fraud charges alleging that he sought $12 million in tax refunds and failed to file returns for six years (see links below the fold). The Smoking Gun provides a copy of Snipes' motion to dismiss the indictment arguing that the indictment was "impermissibly brought on the basis of Mr. Snipes' race" and should be "dismissed based on selective prosecution" on the ground that his two white codefendants, Douglas Rosile and Eddie Kahn, have not been charged with failure to file tax returns as Snipes has been. Joe Kristan eviscerates this argument:
Mr. Snipes is grasping at straws here. Rosile and Kahn are being prosecuted as the promoters of the tax evasion scheme -- charges likely to lead to longer sentences -- while Mr. Snipes is being prosecuted for using it. And considering how Mr. Kahn remains in custody as a flight risk while Mr. Snipes is free on bond, it's not clear how the white guy is getting favored treatment.
Snipes also plays the victim card, claiming her was "a victim of unscrupulous tax advice," not a willing participant in a criminal conspiracy hatched by Rosile and Kahn. For more, see Associated Press, Russ Fox, and UPI. For prior TaxProf Blog coverage, see: