By JJ MacNab | April 23, 2008
In their sentencing memos, the government has asked that the judge give the three defendantsÂ some fairly stiff sentences (click on their names to read the applicable filing by the prosecutors):
Wesley Snipes -Â 36 months in prison plus a fine of at least $5,000,000
Eddie Kahn – 120 months in prison
Douglas Rosile – 78 – 97 months in prisonÂ
On the other side, Snipes’ attorneys have asked that their client do no time in prison at all.Â The defense lawyers claim that jail would be a “travesty,” that Snipes’ small children will suffer, and that his various and famous friends all believe he is a good guy who shouldn’t go to prison.
From the defense memo:
Imprisoning Mr. Snipes, while his children are at such a critical developmental stage where a fatherâ€™s love, guidance and nurturance are essential to their development will cause the children irreparable harm. The youngest ones will cry themselves to sleep, not understanding why their father is no longer there to love them.
Only people without kids should ever pay for their crimes by going to prison?Â Snipes really should have taken his family into consideration before entrusting his futureÂ to the con artistry of a convicted tax evader and ex-CPA.
There’s also significant back and forth in the various filings about how much Snipes actually owes in back taxes.Â The government simply can’t know for sure because Snipes still hasn’t filed his tax returns for 1999 to 2004, whichÂ he is requiredÂ to sign under penalty of perjury.Â Â
Snipes, meanwhile,Â had several friends and family writeÂ character reference letters to theÂ judge, including notes from TV judges, his agent, his costume designer, his lawyer, andÂ fellow actors Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington.Â None of these letters, however, can compare to a single sentence found in a recommendation made by martial arts school owner Bob Wall:
Chuck Norris admires and respects Wesley Snipes…Â
Hmmm.Â I’m not sure the prosecution team can top that one.