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Jail time for Wesley Snipes!
July 18, 2010
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Wesley Snipes loses appeal in tax case
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MIAMI (Reuters) – Actor Wesley Snipes is headed for jail after losing his appeal of a three-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns for 1999 through 2001.

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the 47-year-old actor's 2008 conviction in an Ocala, Florida, court for three misdemeanors stemming from felony tax charges.

At his sentencing in April 2008, prosecutors said Snipes, a Florida native who has a residence in Windermere, had earned more than $38 million since 1999, but had filed no tax returns or paid any taxes.

In his appeal, the actor claimed that the sentence was unreasonable and he should have been considered for probation.

The star of the "Blade" trilogy who most recently appeared as a former convict in "Brooklyn's Finest," also said the lower court should have allowed him to argue for a change of venue from Florida to New York.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his appeal. The ruling did not specify when or where Snipes was due to report to prison.

(Reporting by Tom Brown; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

July 24, 2010
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If this is true and I doubt it is no more than a attorneys trick, the Juror I think would be in big trouble for sending the Email. First, it should have been sent to the Judge, and this Juror knew this before a final vote was taken. Obviously the 12 Juror himself deliberated a Guilty verdict.
Second, I think that when the trial is over, and you are dismissed, its the choice of the Juror if he wishes to be questioned by the attorneys. Thats how I have always been dismissed, that talking to the Plaintiff or Defendants is not required, your service is over. Third, they were accepted by both sides during jury selection. They are playing the race card.

Wesley Snipes' attorneys want to question jurors
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ATLANTA – Attorneys for Wesley Snipes say they want to question jurors who convicted the actor of tax-related charges to determine whether any had made up their minds about his guilt before trial.

The motion filed Friday in Florida federal court says that an unnamed juror sent Snipes' attorney Daniel Meachum an e-mail claiming that three other jurors had presumed Snipe's guilt.

The motion says that would violate Snipes' constitutional right to a fair trial.

Snipes was convicted in 2008 of three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file his income tax returns. The 47-year-old is free on an appeals bond. However, federal prosecutors in Florida have asked a judge to revoke the bond and order Snipes to begin serving a three-year sentence.

July 26, 2010
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well this is a tragedy...3 years for what ? a great entertainer actor...and this is how the jury treat him...jealousy at its high point...

July 26, 2010
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I'll beleive it when they proove it about the Jury. I think its a lawyer making it up. As for the crime, he evaded paying taxes, failed to file returns for several years for $37M.

July 26, 2010
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hardly a crime though greeny...seriously...
yes of course its legally a definite infringement..but his actions werent careless towards others...3 years...jesus...to get 3 years down here you gotta kill someone or steal gold from a minesite...same hsit,big and large fines and incarceration because of the easy circumstances..

July 30, 2010
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"greeney2" wrote: I'll beleive it when they proove it about the Jury. I think its a lawyer making it up. As for the crime, he evaded paying taxes, failed to file returns for several years for $37M.

If Wesley Snipes thinks he's got trouble, Spare a thought for Paul Hogan.

Paul Hogan has not paid tax in Australia for over ten years, coz he told the Australian Tax office that he lives in the USA & he pays his Taxes in the USA ....

Paul Hogan has also NOT PAID TAX IN THE USA, coz he told the U.S tax office he is an Australian & not an American & that he pays his Tax in Australia.

Paul Hogan has not paid tax in either Australia or the USA for over ten years & now both the U.S tax office & the Australian Tax office are after him ........

& he could serve jail time in both countries.

Paul Hogan and his tax accountant have lost their battle to keep their identities secret in their ongoing legal stoush with the Australian Crime Commission.

- 'Ill-kept secret'
- Probe details revealed
- Hogan insulted

Hogan and Tony Stewart are the subjects of the Operation Wickenby, a combined Australian Tax Office and crime commission investigation into serious tax fraud and money laundering by wealthy Australian sports stars, entertainers and business people using offshore accounts in foreign tax havens.

Federal Court judge Arthur Emmett today ordered that "the sealed envelopes containing the names of MM and DD ... be opened and be made available for public inspection".

Justice Emmett has also ordered that some details of the crime's commission's investigation, which have been kept secret for the past two and half years, be released to the public.

Lawyers for media organisations Fairfax Media and News Ltd were successful in their application to have lifted the suppression order identifying the Crocodile Dundee star and his adviser, Mr Stewart.

The crime commission had initially supported Hogan's lawyers in having the names suppressed on the basis that revealing them might hamper inquiries.

However, Tim Game, SC, for the commission, told the court that the law enforcement organisation no longer supported the names being kept secret.

The fact that Hogan is being investigated by the ATO and crime commission has been an ill-kept secret.

The popular entertainer recently confirmed to the Nine Network's 60 Minutes that the ATO was pursuing him.

He said that he was "insulted to be called a tax cheat" and that he had paid more than his fair share of tax.

"Right now they owe me, I think. They should have a statue of me in the tax office," Hogan said.

Tax authorities believe that Hogan avoided paying tax after channelling millions of dollars earned from the hugely successful Crocodile Dundee film into offshore tax havens.

On Monday Hogan, who now lives in California, will be taking legal action in the US to try to quash five summonses issued by US tax investigators who are inquiring into his financial records in the US on behalf of the Australian Tax Office.

July 31, 2010
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Wasn't he married to his co-star? Thought he dumped Mrs. Crocodile for her, and if he did the wife is also on the hook. In the USA Rath, not only do you you have Federal Income Tax, you also have State Income Tax that has to be filed. So Crocodile will also owe the State of California.

July 31, 2010
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"greeney2" wrote: Wasn't he married to his co-star? Thought he dumped Mrs. Crocodile for her, and if he did the wife is also on the hook. In the USA Rath, not only do you you have Federal Income Tax, you also have State Income Tax that has to be filed. So Crocodile will also owe the State of California.

Id say he is toast then.

July 31, 2010
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Some Hero, dumps the real Mrs. when he gets famous, runs off with the pretty co-star, and fails to pay taxes for the rest of his life. Laugh

July 31, 2010
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"greeney2" wrote: Some Hero, dumps the real Mrs. when he gets famous, runs off with the pretty co-star, and fails to pay taxes for the rest of his life. Laugh

True, ....... it sounds like the Mel Gibson, crap too.

Paul Hogan mad a move in Australia like 2 years ago & pissed of without paying any of the Actors.

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