Wesley Snipes sees all-white jury seated in Ocala

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Lawyers for Wesley Snipes declared him "one day closer to vindication" Tuesday after an all-white jury was seated for the black actor's trial on federal charges of tax evasion.
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The Truth

Duncan, SC

#2 Jan 16, 2008
this ENTIRE trial will be about Race. The lawyers have played the game from the very beginning. Snipes should have paid his taxes. he will be found guilty of tax fraud, then the game is on, his lawyers will scream the White Jury railroaded their poor Black client. Racism 101
pat of cocoa

United States

#3 Jan 16, 2008
Was mr. snipes mad when the movie theater had an all white patrons
south suwannee county

Lake City, FL

#6 Jan 16, 2008
a a white male and base on the way most white males i know feel about income tax wesley you will get a fair trial because we know all about working and having to pay taxs when others lives as good or better in some cases than we do if iwas on that jury you would be not gilty
human

Lakeland, FL

#7 Jan 16, 2008
If Mr. Snipes did HALF of what he has been charged - God bless him!

Since: Dec 06

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#9 Jan 16, 2008
Maybe next time he'll pay his taxes like he should have...just because he's a black actor doesn't mean he's exempt from paying taxes like anyone else...
Grandma Fudd

Winter Springs, FL

#11 Jan 16, 2008
I guess the Snipes defense team was praying that the jury might have been populated with sufficient black jurors who like the O.J. Simpson trial in L.A. couldn't manage to follow the scientific evidence which proved Simpson's guilt and only saw that "here is a black man on trial by whitey and I'm not going to let them convict him no matter what the evidence to the contrary might be."
BLANTONA1

Winter Garden, FL

#12 Jan 16, 2008
Too funny. Lawyer states he has confidence in the jury....after stating publicly he has no faith that Snipes can get a fair trial. Funny how that opinion changes when he has no choice but to deal with these people.
Im Sorry

Apopka, FL

#13 Jan 16, 2008
Who's the racist, here? Did someone forget to tell Mr. Snipes, it's the 21st Century? The only racist in this mix, is the one that didn't pay his taxes.
Kevin from Orlando

Winter Park, FL

#16 Jan 16, 2008
This case is NOT about race. It is about an individual who tried to get over on or manipulate the system for his own benefit. Now he is playing the race trump card. Look at how he ha changed his personal appearance - new hair style, no beard, new glasses, and a more somber expression for the cameras. He is playing in another role.
Southern Pride

Lakeland, FL

#17 Jan 16, 2008
Very well said!!!!!!!!!
Im Sorry wrote:
Bill Cosby, said that very same thing, to his own people. They're too lazy to take responsibility for their own actions; so they'll blame white people for their own demise. The energy they expell destroying one another, in their own race, could be put towards the advancement they all cry for; but that doesn't happen. In the end, we're left with trials like this, in our own backyard.
Has anyone watched the political races? Most of the Obama supporters, I've seen on t.v., are white people. I think the country is changing, but the blacks are not. Maybe they should pay attention to what's going on, before they pull the race card out.
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Jeb

San Antonio, TX

#18 Jan 16, 2008
Here is a link to his filing history. It looks like he had a slump in 1998 and didn't make any money so he figured he never had to file taxes again.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/20...
Elmer

Miami, FL

#19 Jan 16, 2008
Grandma Fudd wrote:
I guess the Snipes defense team was praying that the jury might have been populated with sufficient black jurors who like the O.J. Simpson trial in L.A. couldn't manage to follow the scientific evidence which proved Simpson's guilt and only saw that "here is a black man on trial by whitey and I'm not going to let them convict him no matter what the evidence to the contrary might be."
Well said Grandma
Scrapiron

United States

#20 Jan 16, 2008
A white jury is the ONLY jury that will give him a FAIR trial. An all black jury would probably cut him loose like they did OJ and an aquittal is NOT necessarily a fair verdict. Conciencious consideration of the evidence and other factors will make this a fair trial. Of course most black people and the celebrity worshippers will only think it's a fair trial if he is aquitted.
Doug

Lady Lake, FL

#21 Jan 16, 2008
Elmer wrote:
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Well said Grandma
the oj trial was pay back for the aquittal of the five cops who beat Rodney King on tape they got to move that trial by the way to a all white suburb of L.A. and guess what they got off. I guess its fair play when its a white cops but not when its a black defendant for all the talk about not being racist its not hard to see racisim is alive and well.
The Problem Is

United States

#22 Jan 16, 2008
Im Sorry wrote:
Bill Cosby, said that very same thing, to his own people. They're too lazy to take responsibility for their own actions; so they'll blame white people for their own demise. The energy they expell destroying one another, in their own race, could be put towards the advancement they all cry for; but that doesn't happen. In the end, we're left with trials like this, in our own backyard.
Has anyone watched the political races? Most of the Obama supporters, I've seen on t.v., are white people. I think the country is changing, but the blacks are not. Maybe they should pay attention to what's going on, before they pull the race card out.
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I guess someone charged with an offense isn't actually obligated to hire defense counsel smarter than they are.
If it is true that he didn't even file returns, he clearly should be heavily fined, and failing to pay those fines in a reasonable amount of time should also get jail time.

Since: Jul 07

Lake Mary, FL

#23 Jan 16, 2008
I didn't know there was another Blade sequel...wait, he is fighting the IRS, a whole different breed of bloodsuckers.
A White Guy

Orlando, FL

#24 Jan 16, 2008
Yeah right and you would like to be tried by an all black jury. BS!
Southern Pride wrote:
Why is it that Blacks seem to be the only ones ever playing the race card? They are there own worst enemy.

Since: Jul 07

Lake Mary, FL

#26 Jan 16, 2008
Another movie reference...Wesley Snipes is in the courtroom, he whispers to his lawyer, "I see white people."

Since: Jul 07

Lake Mary, FL

#27 Jan 16, 2008
This just in. Taking a que from the late Johnnie Cochran, Snipe's lawyer will focus on the following defense..."If the audit doesn't fit, you must aquit."

Since: Jul 07

Orlando, FL

#28 Jan 16, 2008
A White Guy wrote:
Yeah right and you would like to be tried by an all black jury. BS!
<quoted text>
Hey, if you're in the area and if you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

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