The Snipes defense rested without offering any witnesses. His legal team didn’t feel that any argument or witnesses were needed, saying: “We could have put on a big show, but we don’t do that. We’re not going to waste the jury’s time.” The same team that had claimed that their portion of the trial could take up to a month actually took less than one hour.
Last week, IRS agent Steward Stich testified that Snipes earned almost $40 million ($37,897,053 to be exact) in the years 1999 through 2004. Snipes failed to file tax returns or pay any taxes, payroll taxes included, on that income. Snipes also tried to have almost $12 million in taxes paid in prior years 1996 and 1997 refunded to him.
Snipes has pleaded not guilty on all counts and could face up to 16 years in prison if convicted.
Will he be convicted? Here’s my prediction: he will. He will also appeal based on a number of factors, including the fact that he is facing an all-white jury in what he claims is “racist” Ocala, Florida.