Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wesley Snipes Gets 3 Years For Tax Evasion

Now let me get this straight - Wesley Snipes gets 3 years for tax evasion but I'd put out a guess that 1/2 the US Congress & Senate (and let's add in the State level too) have not PAID their taxes and yet they still sit in an office making terrible decisions for the vast US public. Right, all I got to say is FREE SNIPES...

Wesley Snipes will soon have another role to add to his résumé: federal prisoner.

The U.S. Marshals ordered the "Blade" star to report to a Pennsylvania lockup next week to start a three-year sentence for tax evasion.

Snipes, 48, who starred in the movie "U.S. Marshals," must appear at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean, a medium-security prison, by noon on Dec. 9.

The order came after a judge denied Snipes' bid to remain free on bail while he appeals the verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Snipes was convicted in 2008 of three misdemeanor tax evasion counts for failure to file returns between 1999 and 2001, cheating the government out of $2.7 million. The aging action hero was acquitted of five other charges, including felony tax fraud and conspiracy.

Despite sympathetic letters from fellow stars, including actors Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson, a Florida judge slapped Snipes with a 36-month prison sentence.

His first appeal was struck down by an appellate court in Atlanta.

Last month, Snipes' lawyers requested a new trial on the grounds that Kenneth Starr, a financial adviser who pleaded guilty to fraud after acting as a government witness against Snipes, gave "tainted" testimony.

A federal judge denied the request, ruling that "the defendant Snipes had a fair trial; he has had a full, fair and thorough review of his conviction and sentence. ...The time has come for the judgment to be enforced."

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