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Wesley Snipes…

Current news tells us that the actor, Wesley Snipes, has lost his appeal of a tax evasion conviction.  He’s headed to prison to serve a three-year sentence.  The American Tribune opposes this sanction.

What's the point?

At worst, the man is guilty of tax evasion.  Maybe in some fundamentalist world 3 years in prison makes some sort of retributional-punitive sense, but not in ours.  Get a life!

One of the tasks of this site is to bring to the public a coherent and experiential voice from those most affected by the criminal justice system and imprisonment…the prisoners themselves; much as military veterans should have a voice in conflict and war. 

We define two basic types of criminal law in America:  Socially predatory crime, and statutory crime. The first type is a crime anywhere, anytime. Crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, assaults, and a variety of thefts.  The latter type involves administrative, consensual, moral, and religious (sin) legislation, crimes only by virtue of a political, majoritarian, and temporal nature.

We hold that society is an expression of the extended family.  Further, we believe that families, like individuals, have the right to make reasonable and rational rules for the mutual conduct of its members, for their maintenance, and for their defense.

We recognize that government is the authority for expressing those rules, along with sanctions to enforce them.  We hold that “We the people…”, ideally in a democratic form, are the supreme authority over that government.  And therein lies a host of conflict and argument.

Having expressed the positive foundation to a social contract, we then ask:  Is tax evasion a crime?  Which begs the question: Are taxes properly legitimate?

Does the national extended family have a rational interest in asking each of its members to pay a certain share of their income for the maintenance and infrastructure supporting the family as a whole?  The rational answer is yes.  We hold that gov’t  has the legitimate right to legislate and reasonably enforce tax collection, as well as the responsibility to disburse such funds for the protection and welfare of society.

On the other hand, we do not support the criminal sanction of imprisonment for tax evasion.  The proper procedure is due process and civil forfeiture.  If the person has the means to pay, then that portion should be seized (along with a reasonable fine to compensate society).  If the person is unable to pay, then the debt remains in abeyance.

We seem to recall that a Revolution against aristocratic authority and debtor’s prisons was once fought…

The proper sanctions for our son and brother family member, Wesley, are civil, not criminal.  I for one will gladly contribute to his familial  repatriation by buying a ticket to his next movie.

Dr. Publico

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  1. […] he hasn’t been held up for some reason in Admissions & Orientation, Wesley Snipes has by now spent his first night in the camp, which features 2-man rooms.  If he got high before […]

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