Posts Tagged ‘Snipes’

Snipes Loses Another Appeal

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied Wesley Snipes’ appeal of his convictions of willfully not filing tax returns. Mr. Snipes has about 26 months left on his three-year sentence.

No Sniping at the Supreme Court

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The Supreme Court denied Wesley Snipes’ appeal today. Wesley Snipes will likely remain in prison until 2013 on his failure to file tax return charges.

The Supreme Court rarely hears tax charges, and there really wasn’t either some novel issue in his case or a split between different Appeals Courts that would have led to the Court hearing the case.

Wesley Snipes Petitions the Supreme Court

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Wesley Snipes has submitted his petition for writ of certiorari to the US Supreme Court. Mr. Snipes would like to have his conviction reversed. As best as I can determine, Mr. Snipes is arguing that the case shouldn’t have been heard in Ocala, Florida. I guess I was wrong when I wrote a couple of years ago that Mr. Snipes was happy with the jury in Ocala.

In any case, the Supreme Court doesn’t hear many tax cases and it’s very unlikely they’ll elect to take up Mr. Snipes’ appeal.

Just What You Need for the Holidays: The Wesley Snipes Jail Breaker App

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The world of cellphones has changed markedly over the past 20 years. I remember my first cellphone: It was a carphone, and it must have weighed 15 pounds. The service on it wasn’t that great, but it was a necessary evil when moving between orange groves in the San Joaquin Valley.

Today, cellphones do just about everything. They have calculators, do email, browse the Internet, and even make phone calls. The iPhone store has thousands of apps, those wonderful add-ons that do just about everything. Android phones offer nearly as many apps.

There’s a website called, and they’ve decided to market a new app…the Wesley Snipes Jail Breaker App. From the Orlando Sentinel comes word of the new app. It’s a game where you would try to tap (or click) on $100 bills that appear on jailbars. The new app will be available for both the iPhone and Android phones.

And if Mr. Snipes endorses the new app, there’s a reward for him: $10,000. Of course, Mr. Snipes will owe tax on that but promises to pay the tax, too. Neither Mr. Snipes nor his attorney have responded to the offer according to the Sentinel.

Meanwhile, Mr. Snipes is likely braving the snow and cold in the federal prison camp near Erie, Pennsylvania.

Wesley Snipes to Appeal to Supreme Court; Wants Bail

Monday, November 29th, 2010

According to the BBC, actor Wesley Snipes has requested bail to be continued pending a further appeal of his convictions for income tax evasion. Judge William Terrell Hodges gave the Department of Justice until Tuesday to respond to Mr. Snipes’ request.

Very few tax cases are accepted by the Supreme Court; it is highly unlikely that the Supreme Court would elect to hear Mr. Snipes’ appeal. In my view Mr. Snipes is just prolonging the inevitable.

Still, I do agree with Mr. Snipes’ attorneys who stated in court filings,

Mr. Snipes has honored the court’s trust before, during trial, as well as pending sentencing and appeal…There is no reason to change the court’s judgment now. His ongoing and successful projects in the movie industry further ensure he would not consider fleeing.

Unfortunately for Mr. Snipes, I expect the DOJ to be less forgiving regarding bail.

Snipes Heading to ClubFed

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

This evening as I was changing channels I briefly saw an infomercial hosted by Wesley Snipes. Well, Mr. Snipes doesn’t actually appear in the commercial.

But in the new television show, Wesley Snipes spends three years at ClubFed, Mr. Snipes will be appearing. Mr. Snipes was ordered on Friday to surrender and begin his three-year sentence at ClubFed. Judge William Terrell Hodges noted in his opinion,

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….

Uh, Wesley, Your Guru Just Got 20 More Years

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Wesley Snipes is still fighting his upcoming visit to ClubFed. The troubles he got into are all courtesy of his tax guru, Eddie Kahn. Mr. Kahn received ten years at ClubFed for his ‘advice’ to Mr. Snipes. He just got 20 more years for conspiracy to defraud and mail fraud. Joe Kristan has more.

Government to Snipes: It’s Time to Head to ClubFed

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

With the recent ruling from the Court of Appeals denying Wesley Snipes’ appeal of his three misdemeanor tax convictions, the US Department of Justice has asked that Snipes head to ClubFed now. Mr. Snipes’ attorneys plan on responding to this shortly.

In any case, Mr. Snipes should not plan on being in any movies in the next year or two other than the ClubFed production of The Producers.

Snipes Loses Appeal; ClubFed Is on the Horizon

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Remember Wesley Snipes? The actor was convicted of three misdemeanor tax charges but has been free on bail while waiting for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to decide his appeal. Bad news for Mr. Snipes: “After thorough review, we affirm the rulings and judgment of the district court in all respects.”

The Appellate Court decision is available here. There’s nothing humorous in the decision, just a terse shoot-down of all of Mr. Snipes’ arguments. The most interesting part of the decision is the Court noting that misdemeanors can be just as serious as felonies, and it’s the amount of the tax loss that impacts sentencing.

The district court noted that misdemeanants who, like Snipes, had willfully failed to file their personal income tax returns had engaged in similar behavior to the felons who had received similar sentences. The guideline does not create disparity of the kind that would violate 28 U.S.C. § 991(b)(1)(B)…

The district court also did not err in finding that Snipes’s instruction to Baker to refuse to comply with the subpoena and his threat that “if you do contact them, you will have to pay the consequences” constituted obstruction of justice. We have long held that encouraging another person to avoid complying with a grand jury subpoena may be considered to be obstruction…

Although Snipes argues that there were mitigating factors that the judge did not specifically mention at sentencing, these facts — his college education, his family, and his charitable activities — do not compel the conclusion that the sentence crafted in accordance with the 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) factors was substantively unreasonable. The district court acted well within its considerable discretion in sentencing Snipes to thirty-six months in prison.

While Wesley Snipes can attempt to appeal the case to the US Supreme Court, that court rarely hears tax cases, and its even rarer for the Supreme Court to hear a pedestrian case such as this. Realistically, Mr. Snipes will soon have to surrender to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for a three-year stay at ClubFed.

The Marshals Get Their Man

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Stephen Hunter worked for American Right Litigators. If that name rings a bell, it should; ARL was the firm that Wesley Snipe went to that said you could avoid taxes through requesting some sort of rights determination letter. Hint: If someone tries to sell you anything that purports there is no such thing as an income tax, run in the other direction.

Mr. Hunter was arrested in 2008 on charges of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the IRS in an alleged $1.1 Billion scheme; he was due in court in November, 2009. He was a no-show for his court date. He apparently fled bucolic Ocala, Florida and headed to his son’s home in Columbus, Georgia. That’s where the US Marshals Service found him.

“He stood in the window and dared us to come get him — and we did,” Daniel Winfield, spokesman for the Marshals told the Associated Press. “He went without a fight.”