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Wesley Snipes goes to jail

Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2008, 8:35am

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Blade star Wesley Snipes has been jailed in the US for three years after being found guilty of tax evasion. Actual motivation for the missing tax returns is somewhat unclear, with Snipes claiming to be "an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist."

Some motherf***ers are always trying to ice-skate uphill.
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2008, 6:50pm

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Even a letter of appeal from the great Denzel McToothySmile couldn't save poor Snipes. Heh.
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2008, 7:17pm

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Damn. Does this mean we're not getting a Blade 4?

Seriously, I'm surprised he wasn't sent to jail sooner - Blade Trinity was atrocious.

Even more seriously, sorry to see this. I don't know the facts but I guess he wasn't in a position to pay back the tax he should've paid? If he actually was, seems harsh, but I guess he can't get special treatment.

Describing himself as "an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist" is a bit much though... actualy, wait, I see the spiritual subtext apparent in Demolition Man. I've been blind for so many years, now I see the light.
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2008, 7:57pm

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From his IMDb page:

On October 17, 2006, he was indicted on eight counts of tax fraud.
So apparently after they reached the terms of his repayment in early 2007 (heard this on the news) he still refused to pay taxes, citing the government's inefficiency as his reason for not 'supporting' it.

One of those fanatical tax protesters who, while good intentioned, are breaking the law without realizing it. There are legal processes to change taxation (bond amendments, etc) and simply not paying taxes is not the right thing to do. Bottom line: it's breaking the law. Period.

Hooowever, when Kiefer Sutherland can drive drunk and almost hit somebody and only get 48 days in prison, three years in prison for tax evasion (money the government has already spent anyways biggrin) seems sort of incomparable to DWI (which is potentially deadly).

Ah, well. biggrin
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2008, 9:05pm

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Jack Bauer obeys no law.
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2008, 11:50pm

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Kiefer Sutherland got out early on good behavior, if I remember correctly.

Just shows you, even when being nice is the cause; no one can tame Jack.
Posted: Sat, 26th Apr 2008, 3:33am

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Yeah, if I recall Snipes has been a real a-hole the entire way through this tax evasion ordeal.
Posted: Sat, 26th Apr 2008, 4:22am

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I hate to see someone go to jail for taxes anyway, I dont care who it is. The government blows the money on crap anyway. We the people use to be in control of the government now the government controls us.

I'm sorry, but we pay to many dang taxes here. I live in Louisiana and we pay way to many taxes. Federal tax, State tax, and sales tax. I have to pay a bunch of tax out of my check before I even get it, then every time I buy something I have to pay more tax.

Where exactly does this federal tax go to? It's not for Social security we pay seperate for that. It's not for roads, thats our state tax. Not for the government to run. So where exactly does this federal tax go to?


I took a risk and bought a piece of property for 82k. I held it for two years and sold it for 200k. I paid my loan off which left me with about 120k. I had to GIVE the government 25k of that money in taxes. I had all the risk and trouble and they get money for nothing. It's a rip off. I was lucky to, because I was going to build a house on that property and then decided to sell it right after Hurricane katrina hit. Glad I did because they changed the rules and said your house had to be built up so high off the ground. The people who bought it had to spend 35k on dirt to raise the foundation before even starting on their house. Thank god I unloaded it when I did.

See you guys got me started!!

I dont mind paying some taxes, I just beleive we pay to much tax.

Ok I'm done complaining....
Posted: Sat, 26th Apr 2008, 6:28am

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ben3308 wrote:

One of those fanatical tax protesters who, while good intentioned, are breaking the law without realizing it.
Look, I don't mean to nitpick here, but "good intentioned" and not realizing that they are breaking the law??

Puhleeze, these idiots get what they deserve. We could all find someway that the government grossly mismanages the money that our taxes pay, but trust me, they KNOW it's breaking the law.

IF indeed he was swayed by dummies that told him he doesn't have to pay taxes then I don't know what school he went to. Taxes are a part of life, and they are necessary for certain functions (military and infrastructure just to name a couple), so the notion that he (or anyone) has a right NOT to pay taxes shouldn't work.

I mean seriously, where does he think at his celebrity status that he wouldn't be picked off?