By JJ MacNab | November 5, 2008
It’sÂ been a busy month in tax denier land.Â Danny Riley was sentenced to 36 years in prison, Robert Beale and his fellow common law court fanatics were convicted on multiple felony countsÂ in Minnesota for threatening a federal judge, Irwin Schiff lost his civil case, and Sherry Peal Jackson lost her criminal appeal.
You’d think all these stellar losses would trigger some kind of maybe-this-crap-doesn’t-work-after-all reaction, but no.Â Â They just keep diving off that high cliff yelling, “Gravity is a scaaaaammmm…Â Thud.”
Tomorrow, it’s DC HomicideÂ Detective Michael Irving’s turn.Â To recap briefly, Detective Irving and a handful of other DC detectives fell for a variation of the Irwin Schiff zero return scam peddled by a local DC promoter named Stephen Harris.Â The jury foundÂ the defendantÂ guilty onÂ two counts, not guilty on others, andÂ could not reach a consensus on the rest.Â Bottom line, he was convicted on two felony counts and faces aÂ maximumÂ of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Â To readÂ the full story of hisÂ trial, just click on his nameÂ under Topics on the left of this page.Â Â
The government is asking for a sentence within the federal sentencing guideline range of 33 toÂ 41 months.
The defendant is asking for no jail time whatsoever.
The judge has an interesting choice to make:Â he mayÂ cut a police officer slack because ofÂ the detective’sÂ past service, orÂ he may put the defendant in prison in hopes that this unsuccessful cliff diving attempt will effectively warn future divers that gravity is not just a good idea, it’s the law.
Considering that a growing number of law enforcement seem to be falling for frivolous tax denier arguments, whatever the judge decides will be watched carefully by the tax protest movement.Â No jail sentence will be heavily touted as a victory and offered as “proof” that their foolish schemes somehow work.