Friday, April 4, 2008

Jury Acquits Wesley Snipes of Tax Fraud

Aaron Russo's America: Freedom to Fascism is a force of nature. The Russo-shepherded truths are self-evident. [By watching this film you will] suddenly understand the culture of corruption. Less than two minutes into the film, Russo has nailed together the events of the unconstitutional personal income tax (February 1913 fraudulent ratification of the insufficient 16th Amendment) and the unconstitutional Federal Reserve (December 1913 illegal delegation of one of Congress' essential legislative functions -- the coining and valuing of money).
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Jury acquits Wesley Snipes of tax fraud

Wesley Snipes shakes hands with one of his defense attorneys, Robert Barns, right, as his lead defense attorney Robert Bernhoft stands at left  in Ocala, Fla. Friday, Feb. 1, 2008. Snipes was found not guilty of federal tax-fraud and conspiracy charges, but was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a tax return. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

By TRAVIS REED, Associated Press Writer

Sat Feb 2, 8:06 AM ET

OCALA, Fla. - Wesley Snipes' attorneys admitted his ideas were crazy — that Americans have no obligation to pay taxes and the IRS cannot legally collect them.

But the star of the "Blade" vampire trilogy was the victim of crooked advisers, promoters of the tax protest movement, they argued, and a jury apparently agreed.

Snipes was acquitted Friday of federal tax fraud and conspiracy, but jurors found him guilty on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a tax return.

"There was no intent to defraud anybody — he's not a fraudster, he's not a felon," defense attorney Robert Barnes said. "There's a couple of returns he should have filed. He'll be looking to make amends on anything he needs to make amends on."

Snipes faces up to three years in prison, and is still liable for millions in taxes likely to be pursued in civil court.
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