Wesley Snipes Really Trying to Avoid Prison

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Wesley Snipes really doesn't want to go to prison.

Not that anyone does. But Snipes is going to ridiculous legal lengths to avoid serving a three-year prison term for tax evasion. His first appeal, of the conviction itself, failed. Now he's challenging the length of the three-year sentence.

Here's his defense in a nutshell:

  • Not paying taxes for five years (when you're rich no less): Eh.
  • Going to jail for three years: So harsh! Lay off, government!

Seriously. The 47-year-old actor's lawyers are calling the sentence "unreasonable" and claiming that his trial should have taken place in New York, not Florida.

Never mind that Snipes' records show he lived in both states or that he had ample time to request a venue change in the years-in-the-making trial's location.

Come on, Wesley Snipes. It's over, man.

"The right to a correct venue is part and parcel to the right to a jury trial," Snipes' attorney, Peter Goldberger, said of Snipes, who is still free on $1 million bond.

The prosecution, meanwhile, shot down Goldberger's claim, saying that no amount of whining over the justly chosen venue can reverse Snipes' tax wrongdoing.

"Wesley Snipes received a fair trial and fair sentence," Asst. U.S. attorney Patricia Barksdale said. "His numerous appeals do not make that sentence erroneous."

Snipes was sentenced in April of last year after a jury determined that the actor failed to file returns on at least $13.8 million in income between 1999-2004.

At least his White Men Can't Jump quotes should be popular in jail.

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Well jail time will make him understand what he did wrong! He is not above the law. I have been locked up and it does help in a lot of ways mentally. I hope that he find his real power now while he does his time. And change his life when he comes out.

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AFTER 20 YEARS OF TAX EVASION CHARLIE RENGEL GETS A SLAP ON THE WRIST AND IT IS SAID THAT HE DOES HAVE TO PAY RESTITUTION. NOTHING IS SAID ABOUT PENALTIES OR INTEREST?? IT IS A JOKE THAT HE WAS THE HEAD OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. TELL ME IF WESLEY SNIPES CONVICTION IS FAIR COMPARING HIS CASE TO CHARLIE REGELS. JUSTICE SHOULD BE EQUAL AND CHARLIE RENGEL IN MY BOOK IS NO EXCEPTION. HE SHOULD BE GETTING THE SAME TREATMENT AS WESLEY SNIPES AND SHOULD ALSO HAVE TO PAY PENALTIES AND INTEREST ON THE MONEY OWED. HE ALSO SHOULD SPEND MORE TIME IN JAIL DUE TO THE 20 YEARS OF AVOIDING TAXES. WHY DOES CHARLIE REGELS GET SPECIAL TREATMENT?

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Let's just substitute Wesley's name with ooooohhhhhh saaaayyyy Charlie Sheen,Robert Downey Jr., or any Rock Star or white Movie start with a mug shot..... I know how about we give him 2 weeks in jail then transfer him to tax rehab where he can just pay the money that he owes. Like a certain actress or a host of other heiresses (only they just got DUI's)! Rehab that'll do it! what does jail do except give pleasure to the majority who want to see all blacks in jail no matter what - not to mention the tax dollars WE have to spend to keep him there!!!!! This is about the money........Is paying it back too easy? No we must draw blood people.

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Why Prisiob? A few yeas ago the irs would just grab your assets and auctin them for the tax bill. Now days they just throw you in prision.

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It's called entitlement-or so he thinks

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Some times I just don't get it? The Banks get bailed out, the auto industry gets bailed out. This is a gross waste of tax dollars. Make him pay for it and be done with it. What does jail time do?

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i think everybody makes mistake,so we should forgive him for that.
everybody calls me wesley nipes so he's my man

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C'mon - Wesley - stop crying and do your time. I agree prison should not be a sentence imposed for a non-violent tax evasion offender, BUT, unfortunately it is the current system and there are a LOT of people currently in prison for a considerable less amount. Based on that - man up and get it over with...

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Jail is no place for anyone other then violent offenders who pose a danger to the ret of us. Tax cheats should be made to pay pay and pay that way society will benefit. Why the hell should we now have to pay for this guys incarceration. Makes no sense. What makes sense is to make him pay twice what he owes and that he could do!

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When the hell is going to start to serve his sentence? Sounds like another OJ to me.

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