Wesley Snipes cites Klan fear in Ocala trial venue

Actor Wesley Snipes wants his upcoming tax-evasion trial moved out of a federal courtroom in Ocala, calling the community a "hotbed" for Ku Klux Klan activity. Read more
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JoBbDnBkr

Orlando, FL

#1 Nov 9, 2007
Hell. I'm white and I wouldn't want to go on trial there.... ;)
Keith

Denver, CO

#2 Nov 9, 2007
Hmmmmm, can you imagine the outcry if a white guy claimed he didn't want his trial in Harlem?
oneofthesmartone s

United States

#3 Nov 9, 2007
snipes' career must be stalled at the moment and he's looking for any kind of publicity he can get, including playing the race card. maybe he should just stay out of ocala?
Margaritanlime

Denver, CO

#4 Nov 9, 2007
oneofthesmartones wrote:
snipes' career must be stalled at the moment and he's looking for any kind of publicity he can get, including playing the race card. maybe he should just stay out of ocala?
He didn't commit a crime in Ocala, thats where the Federal Court is that he must go too. His tax evasion was in Orange County.
chuck johnson

Kissimmee, FL

#6 Nov 9, 2007
Snipes' racist comments should be treated exactly in the same manner as the comments by Imus, Richards & the Dog. However, it is doubtful if Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson or the others whose actions manifest that racism is only commited by whites will condemn nipes' incredulous comments.
alan arthurs

Peachtree City, GA

#7 Nov 9, 2007
why do so many black sports stars and actors get caught in this bind? HEY, HELLO-- YOU HAVE TO PAY THE IRS. snipes is gonna do jail time for this because he filed a fraudulent REFUND request. and this is what can happen when you roll the dice with the FEDS.-just ask VICK.
Margaritanlime

Denver, CO

#8 Nov 9, 2007
SPUD4402 wrote:
<quoted text> JUST SO M. IF IT WAS THE REVS AL AND JESSE THEY MIGHT BE OUT. NEVER HEARD OF THE KALN IN OCALA DOING ANYTHING. SOUNDS LIKE A DELAYING TACTIC TO ME. WANTS A NEW JUSGE??
It's not that he wants a new judge, he wants to play the race card so he won't get in trouble for tax evasion. The charges this time are for something in Lake County-not Orange like I said earlier which is probably why the case is being heard in Ocala(Marion County). He just should have paid his taxes like the rest of us have to.
Dizzee Rascal

Rochester, NH

#9 Nov 9, 2007
chuck johnson wrote:
Snipes' racist comments should be treated exactly in the same manner as the comments by Imus, Richards & the Dog. However, it is doubtful if Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson or the others whose actions manifest that racism is only commited by whites will condemn nipes' incredulous comments.
How is calling the community a "hotbed" for Ku Klux Klan activity in the same ball field as Dog the Bounty Hunter and Kramer?

Imus, maybe, but Kramer and Dog? Put down the heroin and wake up from your delusion of grandeur.
biminitwst

United States

#10 Nov 9, 2007
While Mr. Snipes will likely be found guilty of tax evasion wherever the trial takes place, I have to agree with him about Ocala.
I lived there for two years.
If I were black, I would ask the trial be moved eleswhere.
I'm WHITE and that place scares me.
The Good Old Boys still rule in Marion county.
biminitwst

United States

#11 Nov 9, 2007
I'm white and I wouldn't want to go to trial in Marion "good ole boy' county.
If I was black, I'd be scared to death.
I lived there for two long years.
Never mind that eventually Mr. Snipes will be found guilty wherever the trial occurs. The IRS will GET they money!
Perry Winkle

Apopka, FL

#12 Nov 9, 2007
Seems that I read that the tax preparer was from Longwood and that the returns were presented in Mt. Dora thus the Ocala Federal Court location. Should be an interesting trial and I'm hoping that the Sentinel covers all the details instaed of just the soundbites. There is a group of people that has come to believe that income taxes are unconstitutional and they have convinced many to file in this same manner, Snipes has an agent, business manager etc. hard to believe that they bought into this scheme.
Tired Commuter

Redwood City, CA

#13 Nov 9, 2007
> I'm WHITE and that place scares me.

Me too. I grew up in Ocala and finally got the h*ll out of there and moved to Orlando. Whew.

Oh my god... that place is just full of ignorant cr@acker rednecks.
nicole m

Runcorn, UK

#14 Nov 12, 2007
its ok
Bud

Shreveport, LA

#15 Nov 19, 2007
Tired Commuter wrote:
> I'm WHITE and that place scares me.
Me too. I grew up in Ocala and finally got the h*ll out of there and moved to Orlando. Whew.
Oh my god... that place is just full of ignorant cr@acker rednecks.
I was born in Ocala and worked there for quite some time and I am amazed that you would make suce irresponsible comments.
C-Dog

Kissimmee, FL

#16 Nov 19, 2007
The bottom line is blacks can say what ever racist statement they want and nothing much is made of it. If a white person made that statement they would be publicy crucified.

I hope the jury throws the book at him for not only breaking the law but for being an ignorant racist!
April

San Antonio, TX

#17 Nov 19, 2007
I was born and raised in an environment of racist towards blacks here in south florida .... I stand 100% for Wesley because there are many kkk groups still active and i am a white redneck " so to speak" . We all have our lables but the kkk groups should be hung along with the hitler fans.
April

San Antonio, TX

#18 Nov 19, 2007
No fair trials .... he has every right to ask for replacement of hearing. If he owes he can pay it, end of story or go hang in luxury like martha did. Playing a Race Card ?? Wow - I hope Wesley uses some of his master skills to beat the shit out of all causing this drama. He is a very intelligent man, has master more than any of us ever will, having peace within.

“You Can't handle the Truth!!!!”

Since: Jan 07

Orlando

#19 Nov 20, 2007
April wrote:
No fair trials .... he has every right to ask for replacement of hearing. If he owes he can pay it, end of story or go hang in luxury like martha did. Playing a Race Card ?? Wow - I hope Wesley uses some of his master skills to beat the shit out of all causing this drama. He is a very intelligent man, has master more than any of us ever will, having peace within.
get a clue or shut up.....who do you think is behind all the drama in the first place? Pay attention or stay silent......
jeff

Gary, IN

#20 Nov 23, 2007
Keith wrote:
Hmmmmm, can you imagine the outcry if a white guy claimed he didn't want his trial in Harlem?
Why is it that the first thing that comes out of your mouths is "what if a white guy..." Who cares if a white guy says he wants his trial out of Harlem. It is your constitutional right to attempt to have your trial moved. He'd be a fool to lay down and not fight the charges. Oh and for the record, i'm a "white guy".
Maxx

AOL

#21 Dec 17, 2007
Actor, Wesley Snipes should have done right by Ken Willis the man who brought him the "Blade" movie project and the man who originally cast him as "Blade" the vampire hunter. By betraying Ken Willis he created his own bad "Karma."

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