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(Skybox Imaging)   How come Wesley Snipes is in jail but Willie Nelson isn't?   (deceiver.com) divider line 79
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2008-04-25 11:34:01 AM
Uhh....perhaps because he's black.
 
2008-04-25 11:34:53 AM
Good question.
 
2008-04-25 11:37:41 AM
Our legal system is RACIST!
 
2008-04-25 11:41:28 AM
How come a man was shot 50 times by police and the police are acquitted?
 
2008-04-25 11:44:55 AM
eddyatwork: Our legal system is RACIST!

gittehfarkouttahere
 
2008-04-25 11:48:47 AM
why is OJ still free?
 
2008-04-25 11:50:51 AM
Wille Nelson = American Icon
Wesley Snipes = Black

Justice is not blind.
 
2008-04-25 11:51:26 AM
Blade 3.
 
2008-04-25 11:52:17 AM
As far as I can tell it's because Willie Nelson wasn't paying enough taxes over several years (but he was filing his taxes), the IRS will work with you on back taxes since it normally takes them (the IRS) a few years to figure out you own them money.

Wesley Snipes seemed to be outright not paying his taxes at all and pretending all kinds of weird shiat to try and get out of it.
 
2008-04-25 11:54:39 AM
Maybe because Snipes decided to go with the arguement that the law was illegal and there was no way in hell he was going to pay up. He probably figured that a fleet of lawyers could use his status as a minority actor to get off scot free and rub it in the courts face.

Willie, on the other hand, had his assets auctioned off to pay $16.7 million in fines and even recorded The IRS Tapes to help raise money. In other words, he accepted he was wrong and gave the feds what he owed. Then he said fark it and smoked half of Jamaica to chill out and get over it.
 
2008-04-25 11:56:13 AM
Cause Willie had a better lawyer?

JC
 
2008-04-25 11:57:15 AM
Kyosuke: Blade 3.

winner
 
2008-04-25 12:01:26 PM
America loves the Willie.

Didn't they auction off his country club and only one person bid $200k to win it? I think I read that person maintained the club and sold it back to Willie for $200k when he had the irs paid off.
 
2008-04-25 12:02:38 PM
ansiz: As far as I can tell it's because Willie Nelson wasn't paying enough taxes over several years (but he was filing his taxes), the IRS will work with you on back taxes since it normally takes them (the IRS) a few years to figure out you own them money.

Wesley Snipes seemed to be outright not paying his taxes at all and pretending all kinds of weird shiat to try and get out of it.


I think I remember Willie having a flimflam accountant that pocketed a ton of money too. Intent was certainly part the reason for a different outcome.
 
2008-04-25 12:05:27 PM
I'd like to add:
Willie Nelson is so damn cool.
 
2008-04-25 12:10:57 PM
'Cause Willie knows where to get the Kind Bud.
 
2008-04-25 12:11:29 PM
R.A.Danny: ansiz: As far as I can tell it's because Willie Nelson wasn't paying enough taxes over several years (but he was filing his taxes), the IRS will work with you on back taxes since it normally takes them (the IRS) a few years to figure out you own them money.

Wesley Snipes seemed to be outright not paying his taxes at all and pretending all kinds of weird shiat to try and get out of it.

I think I remember Willie having a flimflam accountant that pocketed a ton of money too. Intent was certainly part the reason for a different outcome.


THIS. Willie made arrangements, as best he could, to pay his taxes. Snipes continued the "you don't have to pay taxes!" bullshiat.
 
2008-04-25 12:12:22 PM
keiverarrow: Uhh....perhaps because he's black.

i27.tinypic.com
 
2008-04-25 12:12:46 PM
Dude seriously WTF: Willie, on the other hand, had his assets auctioned off to pay $16.7 million in fines and even recorded The IRS Tapes to help raise money. In other words, he accepted he was wrong and gave the feds what he owed. Then he said fark it and smoked half of Jamaica to chill out and get over it.

I'll never smoke weed with Willie again (new window)
 
2008-04-25 12:16:19 PM
Lawyer farked him.
 
2008-04-25 12:16:52 PM
Why aren't Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Rove in prison for treason and war crimes?

Don't try to make sense out of the world it will make your head asplode.
 
2008-04-25 12:21:37 PM
img178.imageshack.us
 
2008-04-25 12:23:57 PM
Dude seriously WTF: Maybe because Snipes decided to go with the arguement that the law was illegal and there was no way in hell he was going to pay up.

That's my guess too, after poking very minorly around the news yesterday.

Not paying enough taxes, or being late due to sheer laziness, all that is against the law but usually treated leniently as it's not purposely against the system.

But if you're one of those people who insists that the income tax is illegal on the face of it and actively refuses, then they'll come rub your face in the dirt and make an example out of you.
 
2008-04-25 12:31:44 PM
itazurakko: then they'll come rub your face

there's one unnecessary word here that made me read this in an entirely dirty manner
 
2008-04-25 12:35:25 PM
The_Synergism: there's one unnecessary word here that made me read this in an entirely dirty manner

img115.imageshack.us
 
2008-04-25 12:52:16 PM
Because when the governemnt says "Pay your taxes" and you lawyer up and say "What are you going to do about it?" they do something about it.
 
2008-04-25 01:04:38 PM
maybe because Willie Nelson pled guilty and cut a deal with the government to pay everything off, while Wesley Snipes stuck up his middle finger and fought them for a decade?

anyone who goes up against the federal government is going to lose, black or white.

stop being a racialist, subby.
 
2008-04-25 01:10:57 PM
Dancin_In_Anson: Lawyer farked him.

We're all innocent in here.
 
2008-04-25 01:17:23 PM
dewars-rocks: America loves the Willie.

Then why do we bet him so often?
 
2008-04-25 01:18:27 PM
dewars-rocks: America loves the Willie.

Then why do we beat him so often?

/FTFM
 
2008-04-25 01:27:35 PM
Always bet on white.

/not racist, just pointing out the obvious
 
2008-04-25 01:54:37 PM
Probably the same reason you aren't in jail for writing such a shiatty blog....farking lucky.
 
2008-04-25 02:05:39 PM
Because Willie Nelson settled out of court and arranged to pay his taxes instead of daring the government to convict him.
 
2008-04-25 02:09:12 PM
You just don't say no to the redheaded stranger?
 
2008-04-25 02:10:26 PM
Snipes was more of a scofflaw... he wired money to 3 offshore accounts... he made concerted efforts to skirt the law. He paid back only 5million, which by accounts, he's getting off easy, as they have no idea of how much he actually was able to secretly keep.

the white vs black arguement doesnt' hold water because Willie Nelson is a dirty hippie.
 
2008-04-25 02:15:41 PM
Dude seriously WTF: Maybe because Snipes decided to go with the arguement that the law was illegal and there was no way in hell he was going to pay up. He probably figured that a fleet of lawyers could use his status as a minority actor to get off scot free and rub it in the courts face.

Willie, on the other hand, had his assets auctioned off to pay $16.7 million in fines and even recorded The IRS Tapes to help raise money. In other words, he accepted he was wrong and gave the feds what he owed. Then he said fark it and smoked half of Jamaica to chill out and get over it.


Blades. Or Rims...or this...whatever.
 
2008-04-25 02:21:14 PM
I'm guessing they were tried in different courts and by different judges? Is that accurate?

Snipes sentence is ludicrous. Can we please save jail spots for people that pose a danger to society?
 
2008-04-25 02:21:59 PM
When you get caught cheating on your taxes, never act like you're cheating.
Always act like you've made an honest mistake.
This is basic stuff, which every citizen should know. It should be taught in high school civics classes.
 
2008-04-25 02:22:14 PM
Maybe its because there is a god.


And he is white!
 
2008-04-25 02:24:29 PM
Because Willie remembers back when a Dime Bag used to cost a Dime?
 
2008-04-25 02:26:36 PM
Snipes could have easily avoided jail if he actually accepted the IRS's settlement offer. He appearently accpeted the offer, then rejected it just a short while later.

Link (new window)

In other words, it's his own damn fault. It's not because he is black, it's because he is a moran.
 
2008-04-25 02:26:58 PM
Nice trolling headline there, subby.

But if I must... It comes down to intent. Willie's was a mistake on his part of trusting people to take care of it and they didn't. Wesley thumbed his nose at the law and said he didn't owe the man anything. Big difference between willful evasion and underpayment.
 
2008-04-25 02:27:44 PM
My theory is obviously wrong...those that pointed out Willie cut a deal rather than playing a victim and refusing to pay is probably more accurate than what I had to say.

I still think the sentence is stupid for the reason I pointed out as well.
 
2008-04-25 02:28:18 PM
He should be released on the condition that he does not go within 500 yards of as movie set, movie camera, microphone, or even a movie theater. He shouldnt even be able to use the word "movie" if he is playing SCRABBLE.
 
2008-04-25 02:29:55 PM
srhp29: Can we please save jail spots for people that pose a danger to society?

Virtually every single time the IRS brings charges against a person, they try to reach a settlement that does not involve jail time. The only time that a person will recieve jail time is if they go to trial and they lose.
 
2008-04-25 02:30:06 PM
Haven't tougher laws and sentencing guidlines been passed since Willie's problems as well? We are talking about 2 cases that are almost 2 decades apart.

I mean, go back a couple hundred years and they both would probably have been hanged. But that is not really relevant either.
 
2008-04-25 02:31:49 PM
Because Willie Nelson is an old white coont, just like most of these lawmakers.
 
2008-04-25 02:35:03 PM
DaWormyPimpsta:

That race card Jesse Jackson pic may be the greatest thing I've ever seen.
 
2008-04-25 02:45:49 PM
Because you're an idiot, submitter. That's why.
 
2008-04-25 02:48:25 PM
Woah, slow down there Mr. Sharpton.

Willie's accountant screwed him by making mistakes (purposely or not). Willie filed every year, just the wrong amount. And it was clear that Willie had no intention of defrauding the government.

Happens all the time, and the IRS will demand their money and *maybe* work out a deal.

But NOT FILING and PAYING ZERO and falling for a "income taxes are illegal" scam... that lands you in prison.
 
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